What's On Prime? New Apr. 2023 Releases, TV Series, & Movies
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What’s New on Prime Video: April 2023 Releases, TV Series, Movies

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Another month, another raft of seemingly promising original TV series and films to hit the deck.

Prime Video is getting ready for an all-new unveiling of stellar series this April 2023, from blockbuster spy series ‘Citadel’ starring Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jones, and Stanley Tucci, to a gender-swapper reimagining of David Cronenberg’s ‘Dead Ringers’ starring Rachel Weisz.

Sit back, relax, and get your snacks out – it’s time to flick through The Beat Asia’s selection of highly-anticipated series and movies.

Films

‘On a Wing and A Prayer’


In 2009, Doug White and his family sat in a private plane returning home to Monroe, Louisiana from Marco Island, Florida. Everything seemed to go without a hitch until the pilot lurched over and made one final guttural groan – the flight was officially unmanned.

Starring Dennis Quaid as Doug White, ‘On a Wing and A Prayer’ is based on the true story of Doug White’s heroic takeover of the plane that carried his whole world. After the pilot had unfortunately passed away mid-air, Doug quickly jumped into action and took the controls, despite having only been in the King Aircraft once before.

When: Apr. 7

Series

‘Dead Ringers’


Playing identical twins for the second time in her career, Rachel Weisz portrays a more sinister set of twins in a gender swapped series of Cronenberg’s original 1988 of the name.

In the original, Jeremy Irons stars as the Mantle brothers, both gynaecologists. One of the twins is more confident than the other, making a sport of seducing the women that come to their clinical practice. When he’s had enough, she is carefully passed on to his brother – with the woman none the wiser.

The updated version teases a different storyline, focusing on the twins, Beverly and Elliot, as they experiment on the female reproductive system. The twins share everything from drugs, lovers, and a compulsive need to push the envelope in women’s medicine.

When: Apr. 21

‘Judy Blume Forever’


For years, Judy Blume's honesty about puberty and sex has made her both a beloved author and a controversial figure. In ‘Judy Blume Forever’, a documentary produced by Imagine Documentaries and directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, Blume candidly shares her own coming-of-age story. 

The film traces Blume's journey from a fearful and imaginative child, to a trailblazing storyteller who elevated the physical and emotional lives of countless children and teenagers. It also delves into her experiences as a banned writer who continues to fight against censorship to this day. Through playful and poignant animations, the documentary celebrates the magic and awkwardness of youth. The film includes open-hearted letters from long-time fans that they wrote to Blume over the decades.

When: Apr. 21

‘Takeshi’s Castle’


The reboot of beloved Japanese hit reality series ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ is set to hit Prime Video as part of a slate of Japanese projects. ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ originally aired from 1986 to 1990 and captured the hearts of viewers all around the globe, spawning many international versions and inspiring physical game shows such as ‘Wipeout’.

Comedians Shinya Ueda, Naomi Watanabe, and Ennosuke Ichikawa IV appear as governors of the three castles, alongside Osamu Shitara as the chief retainer and Yuki Himura as the castle’s vassal. As the godfather of reality TV, the rebooted version will lean on the nostalgic charm of what made the format as popular as it is today – as well as bringing fresh insight for the modern audience.

When: Sometime in Apr. click here to stay updated

‘Redefined: J.R. Smith’


J.R. Smith's life has been nothing short of remarkable. At just 19 years old, he was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school. But after unexpected setbacks, he found himself without a team and in need of a new direction. 

The upcoming docuseries, Redefined: J.R. Smith, chronicles his journey as he sets out to redefine his life and career. The four-part series follows J.R. as he pursues a new passion: golf. Through his determination and resilience, J.R. serves as a reminder that no matter the setbacks, success is always possible.

When: Apr. 4

‘Citadel’


The Russo Brothers deliver a highly anticipated international espionage series starring Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jones as former spies of the now absolved private spy agency: Citadel.

Much like Jason Bourne, Mason Kane (Richard Madden) laments over his strange memory loss, searching for a way to connect the dots to his past. As he crosses paths with Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), he believes she has lost her memories in the same way. Together, the duo uncover their mystery-laden history with the help of Citadel associate Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci).

With the Citadel’s pulse back online, the pair must stay afloat of a violent global controversy, packing with stylish action, espionage, and exotic locations.

When: Apr. 28

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