The show comes from creators George Kay (“Lupin”, “Criminal”) and Jim Field Smith (“Criminal”, “Truth Seekers”), who also wrote and directed the series, and also stars Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”, “Snowpiercer”, “Blindspot”). Unfolding in real time, the tense story arc takes place across a seven-hour journey to London aboard a hijacked plane, as authorities on the ground struggle to find answers. Elba plays “Sam Nelson”, a consummate negotiator in the business world, who must use every trick in his hat to save the passengers’ lives, but his high-stakes tactics could prove to be his undoing. Panjabi plays “Zahra Gahfoor”, a counter-terrorism agent on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation. In addition to Elba and Panjabi, the series also stars Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Eve Myles, Neil Maskell, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Aimee Kelly, Mohamed Elsandel and Ben Miles.
“Hijack” has been produced by 60Forty Films, the production company set up by Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta (‘Slow Horses’, ‘The Essex Serpent’) under its exclusive content deal with Apple TV+, alongside Kay and FIeld-Smith’s own production company Idiotlamp Productions, and also marks the first series to debut from Elba’s first-look deal with Apple TV+ and his Green Door Pictures.
In addition to writing and directing, Kay and Field Smith each serve as executive producers alongside Elba, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier.
“Hijack” will premiere on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes available on Wednesday 28 June.