Wilkommen, meine Damen und Herren! I have some good news. A budding actor named Al Pacino will be making his series debut on Jordan Peele’s Hunters. Amazon dropped the first teaser for the upcoming series, so let’s yell about it.
What is Jordan Peele’s Hunters?
First, although Jordan Peele is an executive producer, actor and Black List darling David Weil actually created the show. Originally called The Hunt, but renamed for obvious reasons, Hunters takes place in 1970s New York City. A group of Nazi hunters living in the city discovers that America is rife with former Nazis. However, not only are these fiends getting away with war crimes, but they’re also planning to launch a Fourth Reich in these United States. Nope. That obviously cannot stand. So, our intrepid Hunters set out to find these scoundrels and exact justice, sometimes in blood.
As I mentioned, this will be Pacino’s first starring role on a regular TV series. Pacino has, though, previously appeared in biographical TV movies like last year’s Paterno (about Joe Paterno) and 2010’s You Don’t Know Jack (about Dr. Jack Kevorkian), both on HBO. He also played Roy Cohn in HBO’s miniseries adaptation of the play Angels in America in 2003. Along with Pacino (as character Meyer Offerman), other Hunters stars include Logan Lerman (Jonah Heidelbaum), Josh Radnor (Lonny Flash), Kate Mulvany (Sister Harriet), Carol Kane (Mindy Markowitz), and Saul Rubinek (Murray Markowitz).
The series kicks off when an intruder kills Jonah Heidelbaum’s grandmother. As he looks for more information (and vengeance), his path will cross with Meyer Offerman’s. Heidelbaum will then presumably join Offerman’s coterie of Nazi hunters, which includes movie star Lonny Flash and nun Sister Harriet.
While the series is set in the 70s, when former Nazis were more likely to be alive, it may seem sadly relevant again. After all, only 2 years ago, a bunch of dorks with patio torches pranced around Charlottesville, VA, chanting, among other things, “Jews will not replace us.” (According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, though, membership-based Neo-Nazism has declined. Keep rootin’ ’em out.)
The First Teaser
Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of plot details in this first teaser. The very abbreviated glimpse we do get shows a few brief flashes of violence, while Pacino’s Meyer Offerman crosses off his to-kill list and intones, “This is not murder–this is mitzvah.” (A mitzvah, by the way, can refer to both a religious commandment and an act of charity.) Watch it below:
As the teaser indicates, Hunters will be coming for Nazis in 2020. Will you be on the hunt? Let us know in the comments below or drop a dime on social media. And remember, nur ein toter Nazi ist ein guter Nazi. Tschüß!
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.