Amazon Prime Video has released the trailer for “Expats,” directed by Lulu Wang and starring Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue and Ji-young Yoo. The series will debut on Prime Video on Jan. 26, 2024, with new episodes launching weekly until the Feb. 23 finale.
Based on Janice Y. K. Lee’s 2016 novel “The Expatriates,” the six-episode limited series follows an international community in Hong Kong whose lives are bound together forever following a sudden family tragedy.
Kidman portrays Margaret, a woman who has moved her whole family to Hong Kong. Blue plays career-driven Hilary, whose friendship with Margaret is fractured by fate. Yoo stars as Mercy, a carefree New Yorker just out of college who becomes entangled in the lives of the Hong Kong expat community. Additionally, Jack Huston will portray David, Hilary’s husband, while Brian Tee will play Clarke, Margaret’s husband.
Throughout production, “Expats” has been the subject of much controversy — from the Hong Kong government exempting Kidman from their strict quarantine regime to criticism over the series taking place and filming in Hong Kong despite ongoing political unrest. Hong Kong media also reported that Kidman walked off the production early — which Amazon Studios denied.
“Expats” marks Wang’s first TV project. She is best known for her 2019 film “The Farewell.” In addition to directing the series, Wang also serves as showrunner and writer. The executive producers include Kidman, Alice Bell, Melanie Marnich, Daniele Melia, Per Saari, Stan Wlodkowski and Theresa Park. Lee is also producing the adaptation.
Watch the trailer below.