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Donald Glover and Maya Erskine are sexy rival spies in Prime Video’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Published Dec 7th, 2023 1:01PM EST
Mr. & Mrs. Smith on Prime Video
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I don’t remember much about the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, other than the fact that I did watch it; I do remember that part. Like so many spy romps, I think the fact that it ended up being a schlock-fest and packed with so many lazy tropes and generally weak acting are why I found it so forgettable — something that, at the same time, I suspect will not be a problem at all for Prime Video’s upcoming remake of the movie, starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine as sexy rival spies.

Prime Video’s stab at Mr. & Mrs. Smith will actually come in the form of an eight-episode TV series, debuting on February 2, and the streamer has just released a first trailer that you can check out at the bottom of this post.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith on Prime Video
Maya Erskine in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” on Prime Video. Image source: Prime Video

Its showrunner, by the way, is Francesca Sloane, whose previous credits include working as a writer on Glover’s sublimely great FX series Atlanta.

What it’s about: “In this version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” explains the official Prime Video synopsis, “two lonely strangers land jobs working for a mysterious spy agency that offers them a glorious life of espionage, wealth, world travel, and a dream brownstone in Manhattan. The catch? New identities in an arranged marriage as Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith.

“Now hitched, John and Jane navigate a high-risk mission every week while also facing a new relationship milestone. Their complex cover story becomes even more complicated when they catch real feelings for each other. What’s riskier: Espionage or marriage?”

Who’s in it: The star-studded cast includes, besides Glover and Erskine: Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Sarah Paulson, Sharon Horgan, Ron Perlman, Úrsula Corberó, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Parker Posey, and Wagner Moura.

From the glamour that comes with being globe-trotting spies to the pulse-pounding gunfights and banter between characters (“Have you ever killed anyone?” … “No, no — not really”), the show looks so fun that I feel confident in predicting my list of favorite streaming spy series is about to get a little longer.

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Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.

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