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Netflix drops first teaser for new action-thriller series Kleo

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- Created by trio HaRiBo, the show stars Jella Haase in the title role, and is directed by Viviane Andereggen and Jano Ben Chaabane

Netflix drops first teaser for new action-thriller series Kleo
Jella Haase in Kleo (© Netflix/Svenja Terjung)

Last week, Netflix dropped the first teaser for a new action-thriller series. The eight-part project, titled Kleo [+see also:
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, is a creation by writing trio Hanno Hackfort, Richard Kropf and Bob Konrad, also known as HaRiBo (the TV series Para – We Are King and 4 Blocks). Elena Senft also contributed to the writing of the show, in particular its fourth and fifth episodes.

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The story begins in 1987, when top East German spy Kleo kills a businessman in West Berlin while on a mission with a secret Stasi commando. Not long after, she is arrested by the Stasi under bogus claims, and denounced and vilified by everyone she knows – even her own grandfather. When the Berlin Wall falls, after two years in prison, Kleo is suddenly free. She soon finds out that the conspiracy against her is much bigger than she could have imagined, and an ominous red suitcase seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle. Kleo sets out for revenge, on a hunt that leads her through anarchistic Berlin, improvised electro clubs and Majorcan fincas, and finally into the Atacama Desert. All the while, she is followed by West Berlin police officer Sven, who sees the case of his life unfolding before him.

The cast is spearheaded by Jella Haase, who plays the title role and stars alongside Dimitrij Schaad, Vladimir Burlakov, Thandi Sebe, Marta Sroka, Julius Feldmeier and Jürgen Heinrich. The series is being lensed by Martin Langer and Tobias Koppe. Directing are Viviane Andereggen (the TV movie Defamed and the feature The Three Exclamation Marks, in charge of episodes 1, 2, 3 and 8) and Jano Ben Chaabane (the TV movie Blind ermittelt – Lebendig begraben and the TV series Mapa, in charge of episodes 4, 5, 6 and 7).

“With a turbulent mix of action and thriller – and a healthy dose of comedy, too – Kleo catapults the viewer back to the vibrant Berlin of the early 1990s,” states Netflix’s official press release.

Kleo is being produced by Michael Souvignier and Till Derenbach, of Germany’s Zeitsprung Pictures, for Netflix. The show will be released exclusively on Netflix over the course of this summer.

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