Considering that Joe and Anthony Russo were at the helm of the biggest movie of all time in Avengers: Endgame, the brothers’ next move is always going to be worth tracking. While they’re developing a film adaptation of recently acclaimed prison novel Cherry, they also have a series in the works at Amazon. It’s called Citadel, and it has found its stars.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden have signed on to star in the U.S. “mothership” edition of the show. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. In an interesting, ambitious idea, Citadel will also have local-language productions of the show in Mexico, Italy and India, as Amazon try their best to make the series a true global hit accessible by various cultures.
Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio will serve as writers and executive producers of Citadel.
Patrick Moran and Mike Larocca will executive produce alongside the Russo brothers. The Italian series will be co-produced with Cattleya (Gomorrah), and the Indian series will be developed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. (The Family Man).
For the US edition, Amazon have caught Chopra Jonas and Madden at pretty much the perfect time in their careers. Both are on the rise. Chopra Jonas played the villain in Baywatch, recently starred in the indie movie The Sky Is Pink, and will soon be seen in Robert Rodriguez‘s Netflix film We Can Be Heroes. She’s also developing an Indian wedding comedy alongside Mindy Kaling.
Madden had a role in Game Of Thrones before breaking out with the BBC series Bodyguard. He also co-starred in Rocketman, is currently filming Chloe Zhao‘s Marvel movie Eternals, and turns up in a small role in Best Picture nominee 1917. Amazon will be hoping Citadel is the next big step for both actors, who might be on the cusp of stardom.
It will be interesting to see how this show develops, and whether the idea of local-language productions of certain series is the way forward for streaming services. We’ve already seen something similar with Netflix’s country-specific versions of their crime series, Criminal. This could be the future. Or just a fad. We’ll see.