Two years and a whopping $185 million later, the Russo brothers finally dropped Citadel‘s trailer, starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden on Monday. The spy series sees the duo trying to get back to their roots.
Madden and Chopra Jonas play Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh, respectively; they’re former members of the independent spy agency Citadel, which was brought down by a crime syndicate called Manticore. Eight years later, Mason and Nadia have no memory of their time at Citadel and lead anonymous lives as totally different people — until their old colleague Bernard (Stanley Tucci) recruits them once more.
The trailer includes flashbacks of Mason and Nadia’s time at Citadel, including an encounter on a train that results in an explosion. Madden and Chopra Jonas said the show’s varying time frames mirror both the experience of watching the show and the experience of making it.
Avengers: Endgame director, Anthony Russo, who is an executive producer on the show at the press event, said, “I mean, I think this show is like, capitalising on two very exciting trends that we’ve seen in storytelling over the past several years, which is, we’ve all been developing a strong passion for narrative universes that have a sprawling expression to them, an interconnected years-long expression to them, where characters change and morph and move between different iterations.” According to Deadline, he further shared, “And at the same time, we’ve seen this rise in global filmmaking and the ability of non-English language movies and shows to travel to other cultures, and typically the more English language dominated cultures.”
Chopra Jonas went on to add, “It was so exciting to me as someone who worked for a very long time in a non-English medium to see the success of, you know, subtitled work in English language territories. But I think the ambition of this show, which was so attractive to me in the beginning, is kind of like its social experiment of it. If, you know, the flagship show is the English language, you have an Indian show, you have an Italian show, and the characters and the storylines kind of, you know, blend into each other and intersect.
She said, “So will that take a territory of people and have them watch another language? Like, are the audiences of the Italian show going to want to watch the Hindi language show, where they have no similarity in language? But what’s so exciting and interesting to me, the cross-pollination of cultures and how entertainment goes beyond borders and language now.”
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