'The Widow' Season 1 preview: Kate Beckinsale heads to the Congo in Amazon's upcoming thriller
The 45-year-old actress plays the role of 'The Widow' who refuses to believe her husband died in a plane crash since his body was never found
Kate Beckinsale is all set to make her TV debut in Amazon's eight-episode drama 'The Widow,' slated to release on March 1. The first trailer released teases a complicated thriller mystery and we see the 45-year-old British actress playing Georgia Wells, as she embarks on an impossible mission to find her husband, who is said to have died in a plane crash in Congo.
There's action, there's thrill, there's mystery, there's suspense and a star-studded cast, what more can you ask of the new era where giant streaming networks such as Netflix and Amazon are committed to deliver exceptional entertainment experiences. Here's everything you need to know about 'The Widow,' before it hits our screens and here's why it is bound to blow your mind. The series comes from writers and executive producers Harry and Jack Williams from 'The Missing.'
1. What is 'The Widow' about?
The "widow" here refers to Georgia Wells, played by Beckinsale, whose life is turned upside down when she received a phone call informing her that her husband, Will, died in a plane crash in the Congolese jungle. Wells does not believe the news and suspects the truth is something else. She heads to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not aware of the danger lurking around.
"None of this makes any sense," we hear her say in the trailer as shootings rage in the background and her car is bombed. At first, her close friend Martin Benson, played by Charles Dance, is skeptical about her disposition, and fears she may be losing her mind, but he also helps her find answers somewhere else.
2. Who is in the cast?
Besides Beckinsale, we will see 'Doctor Who' star Alex Kingston, Charles Dance from 'Game of Thrones', Louise Brealey of 'Sherlock,' Ólafur Darri Ólafsson from 'Trapped' and 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.'
When Beckinsale's role for Georgia was announced, ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, said: "I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime."
3. Is the trailer out?
As mentioned earlier, the two-minute long trailer is out and it opens with Georgia enquiring "where is my husband?" Then we are transported to the Congolese jungle and bloody events start to unfurl featuring gunfire and a plane explosion. A flashback of Wells' loving relationship with her husband is glimpsed and she fiercely promises she will find him.
4. Where did the filming take place?
Filming for the drama took place in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam, so, yup, there will be a variety of landscapes.
5. Where to watch it?
'The Widow' will also be available for streaming on March 1 on Amazon Prime Video.