Amazon’s straight-to-order drama series based on the 2011 Focus Features action movie HANNA, starring Saoirse Ronan, is moving forward with the casting of its three leads: Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.
Buster’s Mal Heart and Legion director Sarah Adina Smith will direct the straight-to-series order beginning in March in Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
David Farr, writer of the film, is also writing the series of the same name, which follows a young girl with amazing fighting skills as she’s chased by a CIA agent as she tries to find out the truth behind her existence.
Enos will play Marissa, the skilled CIA agent chasing after Hanna, a role played by Cate Blanchett in the original film. Kinnaman will play Hanna’s father Erik, a soldier and mercenary who has raised his daughter in the remote woods, training her for survival and is threatening to reveal her secret, which Marissa is trying to stop.
Eric Bana played Erik in the original film directed by Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), which grossed $63.7 million globally with most of that coming from North America.
The series is produced by NBCUniversal International Studios and Working Title Television. NBCUniversal’s JoAnn Alfano and Working Title’s Andrew Woodhead are executive producers, along with Marty Adelstein (original film producer) and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, as well as Working Title founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Tom Coan from NBCUniversal is serving as co-exexcutive Producer while Hugh Warren is also producing.
Repped by Conway van Gelder Grant, Creed-Miles is taking on her first leading role playing Hanna, who leaves the safety of her forest home in Northern Poland to experience life, only to be hunted by Marissa and others.
Enos and Kinnaman previously appeared together in the AMC series The Killing, and Kinnaman has seemingly transitioned into television work after starring in films like RoboCop, Suicide Squad, Run All Night and others. Most recently, Kinnaman is starring in Netflix’s sci-fi series Altered Carbon, which premiered earlier this month. He was also a regular on Netflix’s House of Cards.
Enos starred in the ABC drama The Catch and will appear in the Amazon series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens as well as being part of the Amazon anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Her film work includes World War Z, Gangster Squad and If I Stay.
While I’m unfamiliar with Creed-Miles, Kinnaman and Enos are solid choices as the main adults in Hanna’s life, and it will be interesting to see if Amazon can do more with the series than what was presented in the film, which is indeed one of Joe Wright’s high points, and a great earlier role for the three-time Oscar nominee Ronan.
Enos is represented by CAA, Gartner/Green Entertainment and Mitch Smelkinson, and Kinnaman is with WME and Magnolia Entertainment. Smith is repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment, while Farr is repped by Curtis Brown Group.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor