TV series Django enters production in Romania
- The project, an English-language reimagining of Sergio Corbucci’s western, will star Noomi Rapace, Nicholas Pinnock and Matthias Schoenaerts in the lead roles
The TV series Django is entering production in Romania and will be shot on location over six months in Racos, Bucharest and the Danube area. The project, an English-language reimagining of Sergio Corbucci’s classic 1966 western and set to become one of the biggest high-end European series of the year, will star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [+see also:
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In it, Schoenaerts will play the title role of Django, whilst Rapace will portray Elizabeth, who is described as “a powerful and merciless enemy of John Ellis”. The latter will be embodied by Pinnock, recently seen in the American legal drama For Life. John Ellis is the founder of New Babylon, a city of outcasts that welcomes everyone from any background, race or creed.
Lisa Vicari, best known as Martha Nielsen in Dark, will star as Sarah, Django’s long-lost daughter. Meanwhile, Jyuddah Jaymes, Eric Kole and Benny Opoku-Arthur will play John Ellis’s three sons. Other confirmed cast members include Tom Austen and Abigail Thorn.
Leonardo Fasoli is reuniting with Maddalena Ravagli, a writing partner on Gomorrah the Series and ZeroZeroZero [+see also:
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The story, set in the Wild West of the 1860s and 1870s, sees Django finally find Sarah in New Babylon after the rest of his family was slaughtered eight years earlier. Sparking John Ellis’ hostility, he insists he must stay, arguing that the city is in danger. Sarah fears, however, that his very presence in itself puts New Babylon in jeopardy. The new production promises to deliver “a reappraisal of masculinity in the western, and a contemporary and psychological take on the genre”.
Django is being produced for Sky and France’s Canal+ by Atlantique Productions, part of Mediawan, and by Italy’s Cattleya, part of ITV Studios, in collaboration with Germany’s Odeon Fiction and Canal+-owned StudioCanal, which will also handle most of its worldwide distribution outside Sky and Canal+ territories. Production services in Romania will be handled by Bucharest-based outfit Frame Film.
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