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Matteo Rovere shoots his first TV series, Romulus

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- The director of Romulus & Remus - The First King will start shooting, in early June, his TV series of 10 episodes about the birth of Rome, produced by Sky, Cattleya and Groenlandia

Matteo Rovere shoots his first TV series, Romulus
Director Matteo Rovere

Following the success of Romulus & Remus - The First King [+see also:
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(which made over two millions at the Italian box office and sold all over the world), Matteo Rovere returns to tell the story of the birth of Rome, through history and legend, in his first television project, Romulus, a new Sky Original show of 10 episodes. The 37-year-old director and producer from Rome will begin shooting in early June. The show is produced by Sky, Cattleya and Groenlandia, and stars Andrea Arcangeli (Tomorrow's a New Day [+see also:
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), Marianna Fontana (Indivisible [+see also:
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, Capri-Revolution [+see also:
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) and Francesco Di Napoli (Piranhas [+see also:
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). 

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Written by Filippo Gravino (Italian Race [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Rovere
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, The Beginners [+see also:
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, Fiore [+see also:
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, Romulus & Remus - The First King), Guido Iuculano (Questione di cuore [+see also:
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, A Quiet Life [+see also:
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, Alaska, the TV series Tutto può succedere) and Matteo Rovere himself, Romulus is set eight centuries before Christ, in a primitive and brutal world where the destiny of each is decided by the implacable power of nature and of the gods. In an early form of Latin, it tells the story of that world through the eyes of three boys marked by death, solitude, and violence: Iemos, Wiros, and the young vestal Ilia. A story of men and women who discover how to create their fate instead of suffering it. A revolution also guided by a fierce yet protective, ruthless yet maternal female figure. 

Romulus is a story about feelings, war, brotherhood, courage and fear”, says Rovere, who is also the founder of Groenlandia. “It is a great epic fresco, a highly realistic reconstruction of the events which led to the foundation of Rome. But most of all, it is an investigation into the origins and the profound significance of power in the West”. 

“With Romulus, we wanted to tell the origin story of the power of Rome, and the tale that made it possible”, Riccardo Tozzi — founder of Cattleya — explains. “To launch such an ambitious project, you need to be able to count on a strong, creative, and motivating group of collaborators. We have created it with Groenlandia”.

Nicola Maccanico, Executive Vice President Programming at Sky Italia, defines Romulus as “a product with international reach, in which a new generation of Italian auteurs will shine. A project with, at its centre, the most recognisable brand of our country — Rome — but which is absolutely global at the same time”. 

Completing the show’s cast are Giovanni Buselli (Gomorrah, My Brilliant Friend), Silvia Calderoni (Riccardo va all’inferno [+see also:
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), Sergio Romano (The Champion [+see also:
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, La terza stella), Demetra Avincola (Lucky [+see also:
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]
, Loro 2 [+see also:
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), Massimiliano Rossi (Romulus & Remus - The First King, The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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) Ivana Lotito (Gomorrah), Gabriel Montesi (Made in Italy [+see also:
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, Romulus & Remus - The First King, The Champion) and Vanessa Scalera (Lea [+see also:
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).

The shoot for Romulus will last 28 weeks, in Rome and its surroundings. Supporting Rovere in directing will be Michele Alhaique (the TV show Non uccidere, Senza nessuna pietà [+see also:
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) and Enrico Maria Artale (The After Match [+see also:
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). In Italy, the show will be broadcast exclusively on Sky; international distribution is handled by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

(Translated from Italian)

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