Some of the film buffs amongst you may know ‘Hanna’ as a 2011 movie starring Cate Blanchett. Following the story of a girl named Hanna Heller, who grows up in the wilderness of northern Finland, as she trains to become a professional assassin. The story progresses as the girl is hunted down by a ruthless CIA agent. Since then however, Hanna has undergone a bit of a medium shift. We’ll see her hit smaller screens at the end of March with the brand new Hanna TV series.
“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.”Esme Creed-Miles on taking the role of Hanna
Produced by Amazon Studios, the Hanna TV series is said to be based largely on the premise of that 2011 film. 15-year-old Hanna, played by Esme Creed-Miles, has spent her entire life training to fight. Her mercenary father Erik Heller, played by Joel Kinnaman (House of Cards), has taught her everything he knows. Separated upon discovery by a rogue CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos – Good Omens), Hanna must put her survivalist skills to the test.
As she embarks on a perilous solo journey across Europe, she encounters almost insurmountable obstacles. Desperately searching to be reunited with her father, Hanna realises the CIA agents must be taken down. The more deeply she becomes involved with these agents, the more she realises the subterfuge present could be enough to warrant her killing.
Written by The Night Manager‘s David Farr, the eight episode first season of the Hanna TV series promises to be explosive. Farr was even involved in the original feature. Hanna’s story was able to be expanded upon in this longer format, allowing for more subtle and nuanced developments. Farr manages to weave a compelling coming-of-age story about a young woman who’s forced to learn about the dangers of the world in an unprecedented way.
“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.”Joel Kinnaman on David’s writing
Make sure you check out the entirety of the Hanna TV series when it launches on Amazon Prime Video on March 29th, 2019. In the meantime you can get a glimpse of the action in the latest trailer. Joel Kinnaman’s Instagram is also full of pics from shooting.