‘Hanna’ – Esme Creed-Miles kicks butt as teen survivalist
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.”