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06th Mar 2023

Here is our first look at the second-most expensive TV show ever made

Stephen Porzio


It comes from the makers of Avengers: Endgame.

The first trailer has hit the web for Citadel, a new sci-fi spy series from Prime Video that is reportedly the second-most expensive TV show ever made.

Executive-produced by Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame), the series centres around an independent global spy agency by the name of Citadel that was tasked with upholding the safety and security of all people.

However, eight years before the events of the show it was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows.

“With Citadel’s fall, elite agents Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) had their memories wiped as they narrowly escaped with their lives. They’ve remained hidden ever since, building new lives under new identities, unaware of their pasts,” the plot synopsis reads.

“However, one night, Mason is tracked down by his former Citadel colleague, Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci), who desperately needs his help to prevent Manticore from establishing a new world order. Mason seeks out his former partner, Nadia, and the two spies embark on a mission that takes them around the world in an effort to stop Manticore, all while contending with a relationship built on secrets, lies, and a dangerous-yet-undying love.”

Comprising of six episodes, The Hollywood Reporter claimed in an article last September that Citadel’s production budget ballooned to $250 million. It stated that the reason for the high price tag included Covid-19 production costs, but also extensive reshoots after the initial footage for the episodes was shown to the head honchos at Prime Video and they were reportedly less than impressed.

This budget would make Citadel the second most expensive series ever made, with only another Prime Video property surpassing it – Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

And the streamer clearly has big ambitions for Citadel, with a number of spin-off shows already planned that would be set in different cities around the world.

The main series will premiere on Prime Video with two episodes on 28 April. You can check out the trailer for the show below.

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