Amazon Prime Video has released new character collages and descriptions for Panic, a thrilling new one-hour YA drama series premiering on May 28. The show was written and created by Lauren Oliver, based on her New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. You can check out the character descriptions below along with the collages and official poster in the gallery!
The Amazon Original series takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, 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.
Olivia Welch (Fear Street) stars as Heather Nill. Heather is a talented writer, but she knows that in real life, you can’t imagine yourself to a happy ending. A self-proclaimed pragmatist, she intends to go through her accounting certification, in the hopes of building a stable life as soon as possible.
Jessica Sula (SPLIT) plays Natalie Williams. Natalie’s aspirations include a move to California and become an actress, just like her mother did. The loftiness of her ambitions and her disregard for practicalities belie the discipline and perceptiveness born of growing up a Deputy Sheriff’s daughter.
Mike Faist (West Side Story) portrays Dodge Mason, the new kid in town who floated almost invisibly through his senior year at the high school. Uniformly level-headed–almost detached–Dodge’s tolerance for danger is perhaps a product of his background in saddle bronc…or symptomatic of a much deeper strain of violence inside of him.
Ray Nicholson (Now is Everything) stars as Ray Hall. Swaggering, obnoxious, and provocative, Ray comes from a long line of criminals and trailer trash–and is more than happy to be the public bearer of that proud heritage. Having been told his whole life that he is going nowhere, Ray’s strength comes in nihilistic form–no future means no fear of what’s coming.
Camron Jones (Grown-ish) plays Bishop Moore in the series. Bishop is a Good Kid–anyone in Carp would tell you that. Affable, funny, sweet; an all-around athlete, and a solid A/A- student; Bishop fulfills the expectations of both the community and his father, the Chief Justice of the County Court. But a lifetime of inherited pressure has begun to take its toll.
Enrique Murciano (Bloodline) portrays Sheriff Cortez. A man who wears the mantle of his office heavily, Sheriff Cortez is haunted by loss, alienated from his grieving wife, and single-mindedly focused on the one thing he can control: putting a stop to the game.
Moira Kelly (One Tree Hill) stars as Laura Cortez, Sheriff Cortez’s Wife. Mired in grief after the death of her son, Laura Cortez is locked in the past–and keeping secrets of her own.
Nancy McKeon (The Facts of Life) plays Jessica Mason, Dodge’s single mom. Beautiful, fierce, a fighter. She cares about her two children more than anything and has uprooted the family’s life to pursue justice for her daughter, a victim of a hit-and-run that placed her in a wheelchair for life. She is also having an affair with Sheriff Cortez.
Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen) portrays Sherri Nill. A single mother at seventeen, Sherri has been roughed around by life and seeks refuge in the wrong places–notably booze, drugs, and bad men. She does love her children but just doesn’t know how to take care of them. Her temper, hardness, and volatility disguise her vulnerability and belief in her unworthiness.
Panic is created, written by and executive produced by Lauren Oliver and executive produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Adam Schroeder. Lynley Bird and Alyssa Altman serve as co-executive producers. Panic is produced by Amazon Studios.