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I spy: Priyanka Chopra Jonas joins Amazon's spy series 'Citadel'

The actress will star alongside 'Game of Thrones' actor Richard Madden

Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the US version of 'Citadel'. AFP
Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the US version of 'Citadel'. AFP

Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star opposite Richard Madden in the US version of Citadel, a drama series to be produced in conjunction with programmes from several other countries.

“The idea is to create a truly global, action-packed spy series,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said. "It's a totally innovative, multifaceted international approach to storytelling, and we can't wait to tell you more as it comes together.”

Local-language productions are being made in Italy and India, with another announced yesterday in Mexico. Amazon called the US version the “mothership” of the project, with production set to begin this summer.

epa08045179 British actor/cast member Richard Madden attends the world premiere of '1917' in London, Britain, 04 December 2019. The film is scheduled to be released in British theaters on 10 January 2020. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Richard Madden will star alongside Chopra Jonas. EPA

Film star Chopra Jonas was in the ABC TV series Quantico, while Madden starred in the award-winning BBC and Netflix series Bodyguard as well as HBO's Game of Thrones.

The other Citadel productions will “enhance the experience of engaging with the show", Salke said. Further details and release dates were not announced.

What else to expect from Amazon

Also announced by the streaming service during its presentation at a TV critics meeting was that Meagan Good is among the stars of an upcoming Amazon comedy from Girls Trip creator Tracy Oliver.

The untitled, half-hour series revolves around four African American college friends in pursuit of their dreams, the streaming service said.

  Meagan Good will star in a new Amazon sitcom. EPA
Meagan Good will star in a new Amazon sitcom. EPA

Good plays the “stylish, sunny” Camille, who teaches an anthropology course on love at Columbia University, with co-stars including Grace Byers (Empire), Jerrie Johnson (Good Trouble) and Shoniqua Shandai (I Am the Night).

Byers plays trust-fund baby and fashion designer Quinn; Shandai portrays aspiring singer Angie and Johnson plays Tye, described as “an alpha fierce app developer".

The series reunites Oliver with Girls Trip director Malcolm D Lee, who will direct the first two episodes. Pharrell Williams is joining the show's executive producers, which include Oliver and Amy Poehler.

Amazon is also touting the cast of a new The Lord of the Rings series as multi-generational actors “from around the globe", including British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi and Australian actor-musician Tom Budge.

But the streaming service declined to say which characters — or the races — they or other cast members announced Tuesday will be playing. Other details of the production also are being kept under wraps but “everything is moving forward", Salke said.

The series will “explore new storylines” preceding JRR Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, Amazon said.

Other actors in the series based on Tolkien's works include Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on Game of Thrones, Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) and Ismael Cruz Cordova (Ray Donovan).

Updated: January 15, 2020 10:22 AM



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