NETFLIX' THE EMPRESS SERIES
WILL BE A 3RD PROJECT ON SISI
Beside TVNOW's Sisi series and Corsage movie with Vicky Krieps, we will also be getting a third project on famous Austrian empress Sisi as Netflix
is shooting six part series THE EMPRESS as one of their new German originals. The series will depict Sisi’s life from her teenage years onwards, when she first met Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria Hungary, and Devrim Lingnau and Philip Froissant will play the imperial couple. When the rebellious Elisabeth meets Franz, the Emperor of Austria, in 1853 the young couple's intoxicating love completely upsets the power structure at the Viennese court. After the wedding, the young empress must assert herself not only against her mother in law, the sovereign, power hungry Sophie, but also against Franz's brother Maxi, who himself longs for the throne (and for Sisi).
As enemy troops form up on the borders of the Habsburg Empire, people in Vienna rise up in protest against the emperor. Elisabeth must find out who she can trust and how high the price is to be a true empress and a figure of hope
for the people. While her contemporaries considered her kitschy and vain, Sisi got a whole cult of fans after she was stabbed to death in Geneva in 1898. Kinda like today's rock stars.
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|Philip Froissant will play the emperor of Austria Hungary|
und Sisi at their wedding in 1854! According to tradition her gown was
donated to the church and the silver embroidery from it was later used
to embellish a priest's robe.|
TVNOW'S SISI SERIES STARTS
PRODUCTION IN GERMANY
And it will continue till August. A rival series to the Netflix' one, it will also have six episodes but will probably air first as The Empress above is scheduled for next spring and SISI for the end of the year. The lead cast includes Dominique Devenport as Sisi, and Jannik Schümann as emperor Franz.
The series, which will air on ORF in Austria, RTL's streamer TVNOW in Germany and TF1 in France and is produced by Beta Film, will also star Désirée Nosbusch as Archduchess Sophie, Franz's mother, Tanja Schleiff as Countess Esterhazy, Paula Kober as Fanny, Julia Stemberger as Sisi's mother, Duchess Ludovika, and Giovanni Funiati as Count Andrassy.
|First look at the royal court in the 19th century Vienna|