“The Empress”: Netflix has found its Sisi and Franz


The successor to Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm is in place: Netflix has found the leading actors for its long-announced series about the life of the Habsburg Empress Sisi. Young actress Devrim Lingnau plays the Bavarian noblewoman, Philip Froissant, Emperor Franz Joseph. The streaming service announced on Monday. The six-part streaming series about Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary 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”. Froissant, in turn, can soon be seen in the Netflix thriller “Black Island”.

“It is the great love story between Elisabeth and Franz that is at the center 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,” Netflix announced its production which is supposed to focus on the first months after Sisi’s arrival at the Viennese court.

Filming for it is scheduled to begin in spring 2021. The six-part series is expected to be launched on Netflix in spring 2022. The directors are Katrin Gebbe (“Pelikanblut”) and Florian Cossen (“In the middle of Germany: NSU”).

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