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Shooting is underway on the series Suburræterna

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- Produced by Cattleya, this new eight-episode project which expands the universe of Suburra will be directed by Ciro D’Emilio and Alessandro Tonda, and will drop on Netflix in 2023

Shooting is underway on the series Suburræterna
Actors Giacomo Ferrara and Filippo Nigro (© Daniele Barraco)

Having successfully archived the full three seasons of Suburra: Blood on Rome (released in 2017, 2019 and 2020, respectively), it’s now the turn of Suburræterna to take centre stage, a new Netflix project produced by Cattleya, which promises to expand the universe of the popular series set in the Roman underworld and based on Stefano Sollima’s 2015 film of the same name.

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Shooting on Suburræterna has only just kicked off in the Italian capital, with the first four episodes set to be directed by Ciro D’Emilio (who gave us If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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, which competed in the 75th Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section, and Not For All the World [+see also:
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) and the final four entrusted to Alessandro Tonda (The Shift [+see also:
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, and the final season of Summertime).

Alessandro Borghi will no longer play the part of mob boss Aureliano, but we will be seeing Giacomo Ferrara (Ghiaccio [+see also:
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and Non mi uccidere [+see also:
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, among his more recent works) returning to play Spadino and Filippo Nigro (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor David di Donatello award via Different From Whom [+see also:
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, and recently seen in Per tutta la vita [+see also:
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) stepping back into the shoes of Amedeo Cinaglia, while Carlotta Antonelli (Bangla [+see also:
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, the series Bangla, also recently seen in Bang Bang Baby [+see also:
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) and Federica Sabatini (We’ll Be Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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and Spanish TV series Toy Boy) are both once again playing Angelica and Nadia, respectively.

Based on the book Suburra written by judge Giancarlo De Cataldo and journalist Carlo Bonini, who are also overseeing the story editing process, the series is penned by Ezio Abbate (series Suburra, Curon [+see also:
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, Devils) and Fabrizio Bettelli (series Suburra, Mad Dog [+see also:
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) - who are also serving jointly as Head Writer – alongside Camilla Buizza, Marco Sani, Andrea Nobile and Giulia Forgione.

It’s 2011 and we’re in Rome. The government is on the verge of collapse, the Vatican is at crisis point and the city’s squares are quite literally on fire. In the middle world, Cinaglia (Filippo Nigro) has tried to pick up where Samurai left off and, together with Badali (Emmanuele Aita), he is still managing the city’s criminal affairs, with the help of Adelaide (Paola Sotgiu) and Angelica (Carlotta Antonelli), who still head up the Anacletis, and Nadia (Federica Sabatini), who helps them to manage Ostia’s town squares.

But there are those who no longer accept this system. New protagonists enter the fray, upsetting the city’s balance and kickstarting a revolution which rapidly extends its reach from St Peter’s to the Capitoline Hill and beyond to the beaches of Ostia, obliterating everything which represents the past. Spadino (Giacomo Ferrara) is subsequently forced to return home to remove his family - and everything else - from danger and to find new allies, which sometimes emerge from the unlikeliest of places… But war is war, and control over Rome hangs in the balance.

Suburræterna’s eight episodes will be released exclusively on Netflix in 2023.

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(Translated from Italian)

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