BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Netflix filmed the life of the Austrian Empress Sisi with the young actress Devrim Lingnau in the leading role. The streaming service announced this to the German press agency on Monday. The six-part streaming series about Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary – also known as Sisi or incorrectly Sissi – has the working title “The Empress”.
Viewers know Devrim Lingnau, who was born in 1998, from the cinema drama “Auerhaus” (2019) and guest appearances in crime series such as “Unter Verdacht” or “Der Kriminalist”. The second leading role as Emperor Franz Joseph I is taken on by Philip Froissant (26). He can soon be seen in the Netflix thriller “Black Island”.
Netflix on the Sisi story: “It is the great love story between Elisabeth and Franz that is the focus of the story. Elisabeth is told as a young woman who was ahead of her time and rebelled against the rigid rules of the 19th century and the court . “
The shooting of the production company Sommerhaus is said to begin in spring 2021. The six-part series is expected to start on Netflix in spring 2022. The showrunner, the lead author and planner, is Katharina Eyssen (“Time of Secrets”).
The directors are Katrin Gebbe (“Pelikanblut”) and Florian Cossen (“In the middle of Germany: NSU”). They concentrate on the first few months after Sisi’s arrival at the Viennese court. In April of this year, such plans by Netflix first became known. At that time the cast and other details were still unknown.
The life of Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (1837-1898) has already been filmed several times. The best known is the feature film trilogy with Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm from the 1950s./bok/DP/zb