Since Prime Video’s Citadel was announced in January 2020, the science fiction drama television series has garnered a lot of hype. The main series stars Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden in the lead and has been created by Josh Appelbaum & Bryan Oh.
Furthermore, the Russo Brothers are associated with the project as Executive Producers. The show is a co-production between their AGBO banner and Midnight Radio for Amazon Studios.
After nearly three years full of creative overhauls and re-shoots that have seen the budget skyrocket past $250 million, the end is nearly in sight for Anthony and Joe Russo‘s Citadel series at Prime Video.
Touted as a mix between the sci-fi, action, and spy thriller genres, it dives into the crumbled independent spy organization Citadel and the agents who formerly worked for it in a past life. Now, the streamer released the first full trailer that looks to bring the titular group back from the dead for a new mission with the world on the line.
What is the show about?
Much of Citadel focuses on Agents Kane (Richard Madden) and Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), two former members of Citadel whose memories were wiped with the collapse of the organization eight years prior to the events of the series. They barely survived when Manticore destroyed the group from within and are now apart and focusing on their new lives until their former colleague, Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci) re-enters the picture. Jogging their memories as hinted in the previous secret teaser, he brings Kane and Sinh back on board for a mission to take down the sinister syndicate Manticore, but in the line of duty, they also begin to rediscover their old relationship and the burning love at the center of all the secrecy.
The official synopsis for Citadel is as follows:
Eight years ago, Citadel fell. The independent global spy agency—tasked to uphold the safety and security of all people—was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows. With Citadel’s fall, elite agents Mason Kane (Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Chopra Jonas) had their memories wiped as they narrowly escaped with their lives. They’ve remained hidden ever since, building new lives under new identities, unaware of their pasts. Until one night, when Mason is tracked down by his former Citadel colleague, Bernard Orlick (Tucci), who desperately needs his help to prevent Manticore from establishing a new world order. Mason seeks out his former partner, Nadia, and the two spies embark on a mission that takes them around the world in an effort to stop Manticore, all while contending with a relationship built on secrets, lies, and a dangerous-yet-undying love.
Who Else Is Involved in the Russo Brothers’ Citadel?
In addition to Madden, Chopra Jonas, and Tucci, Citadel features the talents of Lesley Manville as the underhanded British ambassador to the U.S. Dahlia Archer has her own motives and could prove to be both an important ally and threatening enemy to the reformed Citadel. Rounding out the cast are Nikki Amuka-Bird, Timothy Busfield, and Roland Møller.
David Weil, who previously created two other Prime Video series Solos and Hunters, serves as the showrunner for the Russo brothers’ long-gestating project. He took over and performed rewrites following the many creative changes in the series which included the departure of Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec from the helm. Both men are still credited as executive producers through Midnight Radio with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.
Citadel is just the beginning for the Russo brothers’ AGBO and Amazon Studios. Plans are to expand the series into a massive globe-trotting franchise with installments taking place in India, Mexico, and Italy, the latter of which is currently in production. The Indian installment, meanwhile, is being developed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Release date of Citadel
Citadel is set for a two-episode premiere exclusively on Prime Video on April 28. New episodes will follow every Friday until May 26.