‘1899’: Netflix Announces Start of Production, Casting, Teaser Trailer & First Look Image
Netflix has announced the start of production on ‘1899‘, a new original mystery series from Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the creators behind the award-winning German series ‘Dark’. They have also announced the cast for the series, along with a little teaser trailer and “first look” image.
The eight episodes follow the mysterious circumstances around the voyage of an immigrant ship from Europe to New York. The passengers, all of different backgrounds and nationalities, are united by their hopes and dreams for a new century and their future abroad. When they discover a second ship adrift on the open sea that had gone missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find onboard will turn their passage to the promised land into a nightmare-like riddle, connecting each of the passenger’s pasts through a web of secrets.
The international cast includes Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musial, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, José Pimentão, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Jonas Bloquet, Fflyn Edwards, Alexandre Willaume and Anton Lasser, among others. Set out to be a truly multi-language series, the characters will speak in the language of their origin.
“1899 is a truly European series with characters from various countries speaking in the language of their origin,” comments writer, producer and showrunner Jantje Friese quotes. “We feel very fortunate to have found amazing talent from all over the world to venture into this exciting journey with us.”
The series is produced by Friese & Odar’s production company Dark Ways in cooperation with Netflix. Interestingly, this new series will also be taking a leaf out of ‘The Mandalorian’s book, and use a newly custom-built virtual production stage. This LED “Volume” is the largest in Europe, and is owned by Dark Bay, a dedicated company set up by Dark Ways and Studio Babelsberg, where the series is being shot, with Netflix backing.
“Partnering with Netflix enabled us to bring our vision behind 1899 to life,” adds director, producer and showrunner Baran bo Odar. “Thanks to their upfront support and commitment we were able to build the Volume, making 1899 a pioneer title for Germany and the region. The infrastructure is a cutting-edge innovation for the German production landscape and could also bring enormous creative benefits for filmmakers and creatives worldwide.”
Odar and Friese once again join forces with the exceptional talent behind the camera known from the ‘Dark’ universe such as director of photography Nikolaus Summerer, set designer Udo Kramer, hair & makeup designer Christina Wagner and composer Ben Frost. they are also working with new collaborators such as casting director Lucy Bevan, Oscar-nominated costume designer Bina Daigeler and Framestore’s integrated visualisation, virtual production and VFX teams supervised by Christian Kaestner.
‘1899‘ is now in production in Berlin, Germany. Netflix has yet to announce an air date, but if you want to keep track of this show you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.
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