Citadel’s Priyanka Chopra says spy genre ‘monopolised by men’

Citadel: Richard Madden stars in trailer for Prime series

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is hoping to launch an iconic female spy in a male-dominated genre with the release of Amazon Prime Video’s Citadel.

Teased as the first entry in a vast international franchise, Chopra stars as secret agent Nadia Sinh opposite Richard Madden’s Mason Kane.

Speaking on her decision to join the show at the premiere in London, Chopra described Citadel as a “path-breaking show which combines entertainment industries from the world over and has incredible writers from the world over.

“As an actor who has worked in Indian movies, it was so exciting for me to be a part of something so ambitious and path-breaking.

“It’s never been attempted in features or television before. So I was just like, ‘You know what? Yes ma’am, take me right there’.”

Gesturing to her co-star, Madden, she added: “The spy genre has been – I love you Richard – monopolised by men for a very long time.

“So we deserve to have some female spies!”

Episodes one and two introduced viewers to Chopra and Madden’s super-spies who have lost their memories after a failed mission several years ago.

Borrowing liberally from the likes of James Bond and Mission: Impossible, the duo are sent on a dangerous mission around the world to reclaim their identities and take down a global crime syndicate known as Manticore.

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Also starring Lesley Manville and Stanley Tucci, future instalments will almost certainly be introducing new female heroes into the mix.

An Indian spin-off is already in the works starring Varun Dhawan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, while offshoots set in Italy, Mexico and Spain have also been greenlit.

Producer Angela Russo-Otstot added: “Often David [Weil, creator] and I get asked, ‘What is it about this series that you wanted to give a nod to in the past?’

“And we said, ‘No, really we want to look to the future with this series.”

“And when I’m asked who my favourite spy is, of all of the great franchises that exist today, my favourite spy is this lady now,” she added, pointing to Chopra.

Citadel’s first two episodes premiered this Friday, unfortunately to lukewarm reviews from critics and viewers.

Despite a reported £300million budget for the first six episodes, streamers weren’t convinced by Citadel’s plans for world domination.

However, other reviews have claimed the series picks up later in the season so Amazon may have to wait and see how the remaining episodes fare over the coming weeks.

Citadel continues Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.

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