It is impossible to understate just how magnetic Al Pacino is in Martin Scorsese's new movie The Irishman. In his role as Jimmy Hoffa, he practically steals the film, whether he's walking around in pajamas, yelling at teamster meetings, or eating ice cream (and he eats so much ice cream). After 15 years of wallowing in B-movie purgatory (and the occasional decent TV film), there seems to be a real Pacinossance happening—and that includes the upcoming Jordan Peele-executive produced Amazon series Hunters, in which Pacino plays a Nazi-hunter in 1977 NYC.
The series follows "a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans." Amazon adds that the show is "inspired by true events," which is certainly eyebrow-raising.
Based on the trailer below, it looks like a hearty mix of spy-craft ala The Americans, and ultra-violence ala Inglourious Basterds.
The show, which is set to premiere sometime in early 2020, also stars Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Greg Austin, Kate Mulvaney, Carol Kane, Dylan Baker, Lena Olin, Josh Radnor and more. It was created by David Weil, who also is credited with rewriting Bird Box for Netflix; he has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios.
Weil told EW that it was inspired by stories he heard from his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, who told him about Nazis and World War II. “I saw those stories as comic book stories, stories of grand good versus grand evil, and that became the lens through which I saw the Holocaust," he said.
EW adds a few more details about the plot: the show kicks off with Meyer Offerman (Pacino) recruiting Jewish comic book shop clerk Jonah (Lerman) to join the Hunters and track down Nazis living in America. Simultaneously, it follows Millie (Hinton), an FBI agent also trying to find Nazis in hiding; and of course, the Nazis themselves, a group powered by their sociopathic golden boy Travis (Austin).
“It becomes this story that lives not in black and white, but in the gray and that murky morality,” Weil said. “If we hunt these monsters, do we risk becoming them ourselves?”
You can see another short teaser for the series, coming out next year, below.