Hanna, the all-action TV offshoot of Joe Wright’s 2011 movie of the same name, kicks its way back onto Amazon Prime this July with an eagerly awaited second season.
All eight episodes will launch globally on Prime Video on July 3 2020.
The original action fest starred Saoirse Ronan as the titular wild child, brought up in isolation, and schooled in martial arts. Amazon’s spin-off, with its high octane chase sequences and kinetic fight scenes, was one of 2019’s streaming pleasures.
This new eight episode run continues Hanna’s story as she fights to evade the relentless pursuit of the sinister government agency responsible for her dangerous talents.
While the first few episodes of season one followed the original film, the show quickly pursued its own agenda. From episode four of season one it became something entirely new, explains writer David Farr.
“I loved the original, it’s a fantastic movie. But director Joe Wright has made it way more extreme, more fairytale…”
Farr says he jumped at the opportunity to revisit the character. “I loved the original, it’s a fantastic movie. But director Joe Wright has made it way more extreme, more fairytale. There were things we couldn’t do in the movie, in the backstory of Hanna, but that story is perfectly suited to a long form TV series. I got very excited when this idea began to float. I thought we could do a very different version of the story. “
The season picks up where season one ended, with Hanna learning just how she became a killing machine for the Utrax programme, just one in a squad of deadly teenage assassins.
Esmé Creed-Miles is back in the lead, with Mireille Enos returning as pursuing CIA operative Marissa Wiegler. Joining the cast this year is Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Utrax overseer John Carmichael.
Hanna’s eight-episode second season has been written by David Farr (The Night Manager), who co-wrote the original feature, and Paul Waters, Laura Lomas, Nina Segal and Charlotte Hamblin.
Farr says Amazon has been extremely supportive of the project. “Working with them has a simplicity and directness which I really appreciate. Unusually, they’ve pushed us to be a bit braver. I’ve always felt the film was weirdly male, but knew this TV series would have a more female-centric quality. They were keen on that. They just said to go with it. I genuinely think not every channel would have taken that risk.’