January Previews: Netflix and Prime Video

Lupin (Netflix)

Created by George Kay (Killing Eve) in collaboration with François Uzan, Lupin stars Omar Sy – the French actor best known to international audiences for his role in Jurassic World. Here, he plays gentleman thief Assane Diop, a man who finds inspiration from the stories of the fictional robber Arsène Lupin by French novelist Maurice Leblanc as he sets out to avenge the injustice his father faced from a wealthy family. A ten-episode run, it features lots of wonderful French talent alongside Sy, including Ludivine Sagnier, Nicole Garcia and Clotilde Hesme.

The White Tiger (Netflix)

Ramin Bahrani, who made the excellent 99 Homes, returns with this adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winner. Adarsh Gourav plays Balram, a poor Indian villager who works his way up from becoming a driver to an entrepreneur. Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas as the wealthy paymasters he starts working for, it’s a fascinating look at ambition and determination, with Bahrani offering up a compelling portrait of modern-day India. Like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, but without the musical numbers or quiz shows.

One Night in Miami (Amazon Prime)

Actress-turned-director Regina King helms this powerful drama, adapted by Kemp Powers from his own 2013 play which re-imagines a real-life encounter that took place in 1964 between Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, football player Jim Brown and boxer Cassius Clay, shortly before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Featuring four great performances in this quartet of co-leads – with British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir outstanding as Malcolm X – it’s an engaging snapshot of a turbulent time in American history. Naturally, it resonates with the current unrest across the pond.

American Gods Season 3 (Amazon Prime)

The Amazon show adapted from Neil Gaiman’s epic novel continues into its third season after a slightly wobbly sophomore series. This time, the show lands in Laketown, a fan-favourite segment of the book, that sees Ricky Whittle’s demi-god Shadow Moon hiding out in a freezing cold rural setting, while his father Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) continues his battle with the New Gods of technology and social media. Lots of new characters and some trippy sequences – not least with Emily Browning’s Laura Moon now in purgatory – make this season a highly enticing one.

All shows available from January 2021 onwards.

James Mottram