Prime Video’s Expats: Synopsis and First Trailer
The much-awaited limited series Expats on Amazon Prime Video debuted its trailer on December 19, 2023. It stars Nicole Kidman in the titular role. It is based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates. The series has been directed by Lulu Wang. Nicole Kidman also serves as the executive producer for the series.
The series follows three American women as they travel to Hong Kong in 2014 to examine complex issues of privilege and social responsibility. The official synopsis of the series reads:
“Set against the vibrant and tumultuous tapestry of 2014 Hong Kong, “Expats” centers on three American women — Margaret (Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo) — whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy. The series interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred.”
Plot of Expats
Margaret (Nicole Kidman), an overseas wife, befriends Hilary (Sarayu Blue) and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo) during a family tragedy. Jack Huston portrays Hilary’s husband David, and Brian Tee plays Margaret’s husband Clarke.
By exploring the topic of where victimization and guilt collide, the program supposedly throws light on the secret lives domestic workers lead away from their wealthy employers in the expat bubble. According to the teaser, Hilary and Margaret are both married with very different private lives. A younger woman named Mercy, who recently graduated from college, is searching for a fresh start.
The series’ three female protagonists are bonded by fate, and it is in this place that they must confront the issues threatening not just their relationships but also their lives in general. Watchers will meet Margaret, Hilary, and Mercy, whose journeys will be told through non-linear narratives in episodes that are sure to keep viewers interested.
In the teaser, Margaret is having a good time in Hong Kong. Because it provides and takes from the characters, the city is likewise portrayed in the narrative as a character. According to the teaser, Kidman’s character experiences an unexplainable loss, and numerous sequences show her going through all stages of grief and loss.
The narrative, which has a strong female lead, explores issues including the conflict between social classes and grieving. The three leading ladies of the film are expected to give riveting performances that will bring the characters from Janice Y.K. Lee’s book to life.
Set against the vibrant yet chaotic backdrop of 2014 Hong Kong, Expats will premiere on Prime Video early in January 2024. On January 26, 2024, two programs will be the first to air. Up until the finale on February 23, 2024, fresh episodes will be out every week after that. There are six episodes in the limited series overall.