Al Pacino has played mobsters, murderers and Satan himself. Now he’s flipping the script to play a fascist-fighter.
Amazon Prime Video has released a frenetic, violent teaser for Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s upcoming series “Hunters,” starring Pacino as a no-nonsense Nazi-killer in the late 1970s.
Pacino plays Meyer Offerman, who teams with a band of other vigilantes to take down “hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials [who] are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the US,” according to the show’s original description.
“This is not murder,” he says, with a thick Jewish accent in the 30-second clip. “This is mitzvah.” His character is seen drawing a heavy, red “X” on a photo of a Nazi officer’s face as a scream echoes in the background and the screen flashes with images of a car explosion, handcuffed hands gripping a chair and people getting beaten up. The sequence is horrifically punctuated by a knife plunging into a man’s hand.
Created by David Weil (“Moonfall”), “Hunters” will premiere in 2020, and according to Deadline, it draws from real-life events.
The series is “edge-of-your-seat entertainment that is not only culturally relevant but deliciously original,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke told Deadline last year.
“When David Weil first shared [the idea] with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” “Get Out” director Peele said. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”
The 10-episode series, which was originally titled “The Hunt,” will also star Josh Radnor, Tiffany Boone, Carol Kane, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin.
Pacino is also lighting up the big screen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which started a one-month run Friday at New York’s Belasco Theatre. It’s the first time the century-old Broadway venue showed a movie.