‘Hanna‘ is an action-adventure American TV series that first premiered on Amazon Prime on February 3, 2018. In a rare occurrence, the showrunners released the first episode of Season 1 of show during the Super Bowl as a preview to what is to follow. The show has been written and created by David Farr while Sara Adina Smith has directed all the episodes.
‘Hanna’ is based on the 2011 action/adventure film of the same name where Saoirse Ronan starred as the titular character. Farr was one of the co-writers of the original film. The original film was a success considering a small girl was the lead character and with no big names associated. The acting was great, aided by the masterful direction of Joe Wright, who would go to later direct ‘Black Mirror‘ episode called ‘Nosedive’. Farr himself is an accomplished writer for television and is keeping himself quite busy these days. He has also written ‘McMafia’ (2017-), ‘Troy: Fall of a City’ (2018) and others.
NBCUniversal International Studios is one of the major producers of the series, and its president Michael Edelstein has said that after watching the original movie, he was sure this would make an intense series. He further added, “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary world. We’re excited to be in business with David, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements who share our passion for this compelling story. The team at Amazon have been incredibly supportive and we are delighted this show will air on a platform that continues to generate exceptional content.”
The first season received a mixed critical response. While most of the critics praised the central performance from Esme Creed-Miles, some were not as enthusiastic about the show’s unnecessary length. The show is rated Fresh at 65% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. NPR has this to say about the show and Creed-Miles’ performance: “Creed-Miles is the best thing about the series; the actor shoulders nearly every scene, and manages to make the taciturn and seemingly affectless Hanna expressive and achingly relatable.”
Hanna Cast: Who is in it?
Hanna is a teenager whose father brought her up to be an assassin. The role requires a great understanding of character and maturity from the actor Esme Creed-Miles who plays the titular character. Joel Kinnaman, who was previously seen as Governor Will Conway in Netflix’s House of Cards (2013-2018), plays Erik Heller, Hanna’s father. Heller, who was a soldier, passes on his knowledge to his daughter, who would later use it to survive the forests and cold of Poland on her own.
Mireille Enos plays Marissa Wiegler, a CIA agent who is on the hunt for Hanna. Kinnaman and Enos have earlier worked together in the crime drama ‘The Killing’ (2011-2014). Enos’ character was played by Cate Blanchett in the film version, while Kinnaman’s character was played by Eric Bana.