One part The Hunger Games, one part The Wilds, the latest would-be hit series from Amazon is Panic. Based on the 2015 novel by Lauren Oliver, the story revolves around high school seniors competing to win enough money to escape their poverty-stricken hometown. Set in the fictional town of Carp, located in the middle of nowhere, these summer games may seem like a ticket out if they don’t kill you first. Let’s discuss everything you need to know about Amazon’s Panic.
The original novel focused on two competitors, Heather and Dodge. Dodge has always planned to compete. On the other hand, Heather is a last-minute challenger who assumed she would never participate in the game and live out her life in this town of 12 thousand. The two of them find themselves against people they consider friends, like Heather’s BFF Natalie, and foe, like Ray, a kid whose behavior got him labeled the "town psychopath."
Amazon greenlit the adaptation as part of a set of YA shows back in 2019, with both The Wilds and Panic making it to series. The series is notable for the author adapting her own work to screen as creator, writer, and executive producer on the series.
Amazon’s ‘Panic’ Teaser
Amazon released the first teaser for the series on May 12, 2021. In it, fans meet Heather Nill (Olivia Welch), who recounts it as a bedtime story. Even though Panic certainly feels somewhat Hunger Games-esque in its challenges, one can only hope Heather being the series’ narrator is proof fans can root for her survival.
Amazon’s ‘Panic’ Cast
As noted above, Olivia Welch plays Heather Nill, the series’ main protagonist. Fans will probably recognize Welch as Olive from Modern Family. Mike Faist plays Dodge. The newcomer might be recognizable from the West Side Story trailer, where he stars as Jets gang leader Riff.
Heather’s BFF Natalie is played by Godless‘ Jessica Sula, while Mayans M.C. Ray Nicholson plays the dangerous competitor Ray, and The Purge‘s Camron Jones is Bishop Moore. Bloodline‘s Enrique Murciano rounds out the cast as the adult authority figure of Sheriff James ‘Jimmy’ Cortez.
Amazon’s ‘Panic’ Plot
The series synopsis (along with Oliver as writer) almost guarantees the series will stick closely to the original novel.
Amazon’s ‘Panic’ Release Date
Fans don’t need to panic that Panic will be a long wait. The new series debuts soon. All 10 episodes drop on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 28, 2021.
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