Apple TV+ went wheels-up Thursday with a trailer for the upcoming thriller series Hijack. In it, Idris Elba plays a business negotiator who finds himself on a hijacked airliner and sets about handling a desperate situation that is much more complicated than it first appears — with the lives of 200 passengers at stake.
On the plane the clock is very much ticking, and so is ours as we wait for this show to take off. It debuts June 28 on Apple TV+.
Hijack trailer soars with negotiator Idris Elba in an airborne standoff
Here’s how Apple TV+ described the series, starring Elba (Luther) and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife):
Told in real time, Hijack is a tense thriller that follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Elba will star as Sam Nelson, an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing. Panjabi will play the role of Zahra Gahfoor, a counterterrorism officer who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation.
Cast and creators
In addition to SAG Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Elba and Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award winner Panjabi, the show also stars Max Beesley and Neil Maskell, Christine Adams, Eve Myles, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Aimée Kelly, Mohamed Elsandel and Ben Miles.
George Kay (Lupin, Criminal) and Jim Field Smith (Criminal, Truth Seekers) created the seven-episode show, with Kay writing and Smith directing.
Watch the trailer
Apple TV+ noted more credits:
Hijack is produced by 60Forty Films, the production company set up by Emmy Award-winning executive producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta (Slow Horses, The Essex Serpent) under its exclusive content deal with Apple TV+, alongside Kay and Field Smith’s own production company Idiotlamp Productions.
[Hijack] also marks the first series to debut from Elba’s first-look deal with Apple TV+ and his Green Door Pictures. In addition to writing and directing, Kay and Field Smith each serve as executive producers alongside Elba, Laurenson, Kousetta and Kris Thykier.
Hijack takes flight on Apple TV+ on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode every Wednesday through August 2.
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