‘Hanna’ – Mulroney joins Amazon thriller for Season 2
She’s a trained assassin with elite skills instilled in her by the shadowy Utrax program. And as we come to learn in Season 2 of “Hanna,” the title teen character played by Esme Creed-Miles has another arrow in her quiver.
“She’s part wolf, guys,” new cast member Dermot Mulroney says with a laugh. “Somebody has DNA-dosed her and … she seems like she can hear better. She’s definitely got an aggressive pack mentality that you have to respect. Yeah, she’s formidable and that plays out so beautifully in the performance Esme turns in.”
In Season 2 of the Amazon thriller, which begins streaming Friday, July 3, Hanna (Creed-Miles) now knows she is one of many young women trained by the Utrax program, and their development is about to reach the lethal second phase. Relocated to The Meadows, the trainees find their restrictions lifted as they get a glimpse of their new identity and life in the outside world.
Hanna risks her newfound freedom to rescue her friend Clara (Yasmin Monet Prince) from the clutches of the Utrax program and gets unlikely assistance from her former nemesis, ex-CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos). As she delves deeper into the secretive world of The Meadows and meets others like her, she begins to question the program and where she truly belongs.
Mulroney (“Prodigal Son,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding”) joins the cast as John Carmichael, the Utrax CEO, who is none too pleased that one of his star pupils has jumped the fence and will do anything in his power, with the help of second-in-command Leo Garner (Anthony Welsh, “Pure”), to bring this feral killer back to the pack.
“I want to get my hands on that,” Mulroney says. “She is my only surviving creation from Utrex 1. Everybody else was dispatched, so to find one in the wild, literally – and of course we know from the first season that she’s incredibly well-trained.”
As for his own character, Mulroney says Carmichael may look friendly and approachable but after all, he runs the evil Utrax program so “coming right out of the gate you know Carmichael’s up to no good,” he says, “But (series creator) David Farr does such a great job of throwing out this character that isn’t overtly evil or the bad guy or the black hat. And a big part of the fun is as you realize how dangerous the program truly is to the world, you’re learning it from a guy who’s kind of amenable, who sits on your desk.”