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Idris Elba Takes Charge in Debut Trailer of Apple TV+’s Thrilling Series ‘Hijack’


Fasten your seatbelts and buckle up for a high-stakes adrenaline-fuelled ride as Idris Elba takes charge in the gripping first trailer of Apple TV+’s Hijack. Created by writer George Kay and director Jim Field, this upcoming seven-episode TV series unfolds in real-time, following the “journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight and as authorities on the ground scramble for answers.”

'Hijack' Trailer Idris Elba

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In the thrilling world of Hijack, Idris Elba assumes the lead role of Sam Nelson, a seasoned negotiator in the business world who “needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing.” Joining the fray is Archie Panjabi as Zahra Gahfoor, a counter-terrorism, “who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation.” The debut trailer for the upcoming series offers a tantalising glimpse into the high-octane drama that unfolds as a flight is abruptly seized, with Elba’s commanding presence taking centre stage.

The trailer opens up with Elba’s Sam, a man desperate to return to his family as he boards a seemingly routine flight. However, his hopes for a peaceful journey are shattered when a few armed hijackers abruptly seize control mid-flight. Chaos ensues as passengers are forced back into their seats, their phones are confiscated, and the pilots are stripped of their command, leaving Sam and the others onboard in a harrowing situation, where survival becomes the paramount concern. We hear a voice in the background saying, “Operation has commenced. Plane is under control.” Following this, we get a brief shot of the ground control finding out that the flight has “veered off course,” plunging them into the unknown.

'Hijack' Trailer Idris Elba

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Things kick up a notch when Sam manages to discreetly reach out to ground control, seeking their aid and informing them of the dire situation. With the hijackers now firmly in control of the plane, the fate of the people on board rests heavily on the shoulders of Elba’s Sam as he puts his remarkable negotiation skills to excellent use. He confronts the hijackers, saying, “There are 200 people on this flight. If they attempt anything, the lives of everyone on board are at stake, including mine and the safety of my family.”

Later in the trailer, we see Sam as he cooks up clever ways to communicate messages throughout the plane, rallying the passengers to join forces in an attempt to rescue the hijacked flight. As chaos ensues onboard, developments unfold both in the air and on the ground. A complex political narrative takes shape as the government grapples with the demands of the terrorists. Sam gradually unravels a deeper layer of the attack, realising that there is more at play than initially perceived. Meanwhile, investigators uncover ties to a widespread group spanning across Europe. Adding to the complexity, it comes to light that five passengers on board do not even exist within official government records.

'Hijack' Trailer Idris Elba

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The trailer ends with Elba saying, “It’s either us or them. And I can tell you, it’s not going to be us.” Ooof that sounds so badass.

Starring along with Elba and Archie Panjabi in Apple TV+’s Hijack are Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Eve Myles, Neil Maskell, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Aimee Kelly, Mohamed Elsandel and Ben Miles. Along with writing and directing, both George Kay and Field Smith act as executive producers for the series alongside Elba, Jamie Laurenson, Kousetta and Kris Thykier. The show is produced by 60Forty Films in collaboration with Kay and Field-Smith’s Idiotlamp Productions.