Wild child leads chase across Europe in Ama­zon’s ‘Hanna’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GEORGE DICKIE

Hanna is a young woman who’s been on the run her en­tire life. As played by Esme Creed-Miles (“Dark River”) in the Ama­zon ac­tioner “Hanna,” which be­gins stream­ing Fri­day, March 29, she’s a 15-year-old raised in to­tal seclu­sion in the re­mote East­ern Euro­pean woods by her mer­ce­nary father, Erik Heller (Joel Kin­na­man, “The Killing”), and trained to fight those who hunt them.

Her sur­vival­ist skills come to the fore when she and Dad are dis­cov­ered by rogue CIA op­er­a­tive Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos, “The Catch”) and her team of agents. Sep­a­rated, Hanna must em­bark on a treach­er­ous trek across Europe to re­unite with her father, take down those who tar­get them and ul­ti­mately crack an ever-deep­en­ing con­spir­acy that threat­ens them both. All the while nav­i­gat­ing the per­ils of ado­les­cence as some­one ac­cus­tomed to the cru­elty of na­ture but not of so­ci­ety.

“It highlights the kind of hu­man­ness in all of us and the an­i­mal in all of us ...,” Creed-Miles ex­plained to a re­cent gather­ing of jour­nal­ists in Pasadena, Calif. “And fur­ther to that point, she’s grown up com­pletely ab­solved of mod­ern con­ven­tion and of the male gaze. So, she has a very in­ter­est­ing take on gender and love and sex, and all of this stuff that you then see how that un­folds and in­flu­ences her re­la­tion­ships with other peo­ple in the mod­ern world. So, as a young woman my­self, it was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for 12, 13 hours of the day to be as raw as I could pos­si­bly be with­out any of that kind of in­ter­nal­ized misog­yny that I feel I have to un­pack­age all the time.”

The se­ries is based on the 2011 fea­ture film from direc­tor Joe Wright that starred, among others, Cate Blanchett as a sin­is­ter, darkly hu­mor­ous Marissa, a por­trayal Enos said she pur­posely avoided.

“This ver­sion of the story isn’t a fairy­tale and I’m not the wicked witch,” Enos says. “I’m a fully di­men­sional per­son who has done ter­ri­ble things in my past and then has worked metic­u­lously to hide those things and has built a lovely life for my­self. And when Hanna comes out of the for­est, she threat­ens to like blow the lid off of that. So, my Marissa is an in­tel­li­gent, ca­pa­ble woman who’s try­ing to quell some­thing that could dev­as­tate her life. And of course, my hope is that ev­ery­one will feel very sorry for me.”

Esme Creed-Miles stars in “Hanna,” which be­gins stream­ing Fri­day on Ama­zon.

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