‘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. Interestingly, the first episode itself received widespread acclaim, with its Rotten Tomatoes rating hitting the 100% mark.
The show has been written and created by David Farr while Sara Adina Smith has directed all the episodes. The show 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 it had 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.”
Hanna Cast: Who is in it?
Hanna is a teenager whose father brought her up teaching her to be an assassin. The role requires a great understanding of character and maturity from the actor Esme Creed-Miles who is playing the part. Creed-Miles is a newcomer and it remains to be seen how she impresses with such a mammoth task on her shoulders. Joel Kinnaman, who had played Governor Will Conway in Netflix’s House of Cards (2013-2018), has been cast as Hanna’s father. Kinnaman’s character is that of a soldier, and he has passed on his knowledge to his daughter Hanna who has to survive the forests and cold of Poland on her own. Mireille Enos has also been cast in the series, and she plays a CIA agent who is on the hunt for Hanna. Kinnaman and Enos have earlier worked 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.
Hanna Plot: What is it about?
Those who have seen Hanna, the film, must aware of the plot. Hanna, a 15-year-old girl, and her father live in a small cave somewhere in forests, and this is where he teaches her skills to become an expert killer. Hanna’s father probably knows that his life is in danger, and thus he teaches his daughter to hunt and kill so that she can survive without him. Hanna has detailed knowledge about a lot of things without even seeing them in front of eyes for once.
In the meanwhile, a CIA agent is hunting for Hanna and her dad. It is during this hunt that the father-daughter duo lose track of each other and this is where Hanna has to take control of her own life and brave not only the harsh weather but also the expert eyes of the CIA. Hanna, while surviving alone, comes to know that she is in some way involved with a dark and disturbing conspiracy and that is the reason the CIA is after her. The story is an intense action-thriller which promises to supply viewers with adrenaline-pumping scenes. However, it is also a coming-of-age story told in a different manner. While most teenagers learn about life by talking with friends and making mistakes, Hanna will learn more about herself by killing, hunting, and surviving as she looks for her father in the cold Polish forests. It is true that in a television series, there is way more opportunity to explore a character and her/his backstory than a film, and thus the extra layers that Farr has added to the story enrichs the plot even further and creates a unique television experience.