Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon's spy series 'Citadel'

 
 
Updated 1/14/2020 7:35 PM

PASADENA, Calif. -- Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star opposite Richard Madden in the U.S. edition of 'œCitadel,' a drama series to be produced in conjunction with programs from several other countries.

'œThe idea is to create a truly global, action-packed spy series,' Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said. "It's a totally innovative, multifaceted international approach to storytelling, and we can't wait to tell you more as it comes together.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Local-language productions are being done in Italy and India, with another announced Tuesday in Mexico. Amazon called the U.S. version the 'œmothership' of the project, with production set to begin this summer.

Film star Chopra Jonas was in the ABC TV series 'œQuantico." Madden starred in the award-winning BBC and Netflix series 'œBodyguard."

The other 'œCitadel' productions will 'œenhance the experience of engaging with the show,' Salke said. Further details and release dates were not announced.

Also announced by the streaming service during its presentation at a TV critics meeting:

- Meagan Good is among the stars of an upcoming Amazon comedy from 'œGirls Trip' creator Tracy Oliver.

The untitled, half-hour series revolves around four African American college friends in pursuit of their dreams, the streaming service said.

Good ('œStar,' 'œThink Like a Man') plays the 'œstylish, sunny' Camille, who teaches an anthropology course on sex and love at Columbia University. Also starring are Grace Byers ('œEmpire'), Jerrie Johnson ('œGood Trouble') and Shoniqua Shandai ('œI Am the Night').

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Byers plays trust-fund baby and fashion designer Quinn; Shandai portrays aspiring singer Angie and Johnson plays Tye, described as 'œan alpha fierce, queer successful app developer.'

The series reunites Oliver with 'œGirls Trip' director Malcolm D. Lee, who will direct the first two episodes. Pharrell Williams is joining the show's executive producers, which include Oliver and Amy Poehler,

- Amazon is touting the cast of a new 'œThe Lord of the Rings' series as multi-generational actors 'œfrom around the globe,' including British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi and Australian actor-musician Tom Budge.

But the streaming service declined to say which characters - or the races - they or other cast members announced Tuesday will be playing. Other details of the production also are being kept under wraps but 'œeverything is moving forward,' Salke said.

The series will 'œexplore new storylines' preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's 'œThe Fellowship of the Ring,' Amazon said.

Other actors in the series based on Tolkien's works include Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on 'œGame of Thrones,' Morfydd Clark ('œHis Dark Materials') and Ismael Cruz Cordova ('œRay Donovan," Mary Queen of Scots').

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