Panic: An Amazon Prime Video adaptation for your summer must-watch list

When does the Lauren Oliver young adult series start on Amazon Prime Video? Who are the cast? Here's everything you need to know about the gripping thriller, including the secret Easter Egg trailer..

By Alex Fletcher Published: 13 May 2021 - 1.14pm
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Teen Drama

Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of the smash hit young adult novel Panic is right at the top of our summer must-watch list.

Bringing together a cast of rising stars, compelling characters and high-stakes drama, this 10-episode series is one you won’t want to miss.

Panic is set in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of winner takes all challenges which they believe is their one and only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better.

But this year, the rules have changed - the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become even more dangerous. The players will come face-to-face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.

A spellbinding story about fear and friendship, it should appeal to teenagers and adults who understand the emotions of excitement and loneliness in early adulthood.

Trailer and secret Panic Easter Egg video revealed

The first official trailer (top of the page) for Panic features a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of graffiti on the pavement with the words PanicOnPrime.com scribbled on the floor in red paint.

Eagle-eyed fans who spotted the URL, typed it into Google and were taken to a secret hidden video titled 'Heather Jumps'. Watch the extra video above.

Olivia Welch as Heather Nill in Panic Prime Video

Speaking to EW about the TV adaptation of her book, Lauren Oliver said the show is about conquering fears and also "the deep terror that all of the kids have in different ways about how much their lives are worth".

She also revealed how the casting of Ray Nicholson as the book's villain Ray, changed how they told the story on screen.

Oliver said that Nicholson's performance meant that they couldn't keep him the "piece of s***" that she wrote in the book.

She said: "I just did not believe that you would be committed to or even credibly believe over time that he is that villain. And that had to re-inform the entire arc of the character. And it's not due to his acting, it's just due to the depth that he was able to bring that actually galvanized me to stop being lazy."

Who are the Panic cast?

The lead cast for Panic includes:

Olivia Welch (Fear Street) as Heather Nill

Mike Faist (Wildling) as Dodge Mason

Jessica Sula (Skins, Split)  as Natalie Williams

Jessica Sulu, who plays Natalie Williams in Panic Getty
Jessica Sulu, who plays Natalie Williams in Panic

Camron Jones (The Purge) as Bishop Mason

Ray Nicholson (Mayans) as Ray Hall

Enrique Murciano (Briarpatch, Without a Trace) as Sheriff Cortez

Who is Panic creator Lauren Oliver?

First look at Amazon Prime Video's adaptation of Panic Prime Video

Panic is written and created by Lauren Oliver, who wrote the best-selling novel of the same name.

Oliver is co-founder and President of Production of the media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, one of the leading content creators for young adults in the world.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of such young adult novels as Before I Fall, the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, Panic, Vanishing Girls, Broken Things, and the Replica duology.

Her novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Oliver is executive producer, creator and sole screenwriter on every episode of the one-hour drama series, Panic.

When is Panic released on Amazon Prime Video?

All 10 episodes of Panic will be released on Prime Video on Friday, May 28.

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