If you enjoyed the globetrotting action of Prime Video's Jack Ryan series last year, you are going to love the butt-kicking assassin drama Hanna.
The 2011 film Hanna, which starred a young Saoirse Ronan as the female hero and Cate Blanchett as the CIA operative hunting her down, is available to watch on Prime Video and is thrilling amuse-bouche before the series is released on March 29th.
If you've already seen the film, don’t worry about the show retreading old ground, because most of the storylines from the film are rattled through in the opening two episodes and writer David Farr strikes a different tone and creates a very different Hanna with newcomer Esme Creed-Miles.
The central premise remains the same - Hanna is raised in total seclusion in Eastern Europe and trained to fight those who hunt her by her mercenary father Erik Heller, played by Suicide Squad and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman.
When Hanna and Erik are discovered by a rogue CIA operative, Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos), they are separated and Hanna must take on a perilous trek across Europe to reunite with her father and take down the agents who want her dead.
Full of nail-biting action, conspiracies and a much more densely layered exploration of the relationships and backstories of Hanna, Erik and Marissa than the original film, Hanna is going to be a series you’ll want to devour in one binge-watch sitting.
Here are three reasons to clear your diary on March 29th for a date with Hanna…
1. This cast is on fire
(Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos and Esme Creed-Miles at the UK launch of Hanna)
One of the trickiest parts of remaking Hanna for TV was always going to be recasting the key roles. Fortunately, writer David Farr has created a very different version of Hanna for TV, shifting away from the fairytale, ethereal tones of the film for something earthier and grittier.
Speaking at the UK premiere, newcomer Esme Creed-Miles said: "I love the film, but I didn’t watch it in preparation. To try and copy Saoirse would have been doing a disservice to her. I've always thought just be true to yourself and act on your instincts and it's then going to be different. That's what I did for this role."
Meanwhile, reuniting The Killing's Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, was a stroke of casting genius.
Fans of the duo's relationship in The Killing should prepare for something very different in Hanna as the pair square off as rivals with a complex and interlocking past.
Who is Hanna? Meet the star of the new series - Esme Creed-Miles:
2. The show doesn't mimic the film, it improves on it
"We start at the film and then we go beyond," said writer David Farr.
"For example episode four is all new material. Hanna has to find out who she is and along that journey, she discovers the world…In a way she's like any other teenager."
Farr, who also worked on the film, started developing an idea for this TV series in 2015 and is the creative driving force.
Saluting his talents, Joel Kinnaman said: "David's writing is so nuanced. The big challenge was the language. The script was written to have it in the natural language, I had to do 20 something scenes in German! But when the material is so well written, it makes it easier. It plays itself."
3. A banging soundtrack
Yeah Yeah Yeah's star Karen O provides the intense and haunting soundtrack for the series, including the theme tune 'Anti Lullaby' and a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins track ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings;.
"After having an inspired meeting with David (Farr), I was excited to lend my voice to help tell this personal story of the extraordinary Hanna struggling with forces beyond her control – as if being a teenage girl wasn’t hard enough," said the popstar.
"Anti-Lullaby is a bittersweet tune, both cautionary and fortifying for a hunted character. The Smashing Pumpkins cover Bullet With Butterfly Wings has the grit of the misunderstood young woman, and the fury she is capable of unleashing. It felt like a balanced contribution between the two! Beyond excited to see the series, I've seen a couple of early episodes and Esme is a powerhouse, very excited for her debut."
Hanna is released on Prime Video on Friday, March 29th.
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