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Everything we know about the Netflix series ‘1899’, hailed as the new period drama we’re sure to fall in love with

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If there's one thing Netflix knows well, it's our undeniable love for period dramas. Without pointing to the obvious, we whole-heartedly lapped up Bridgerton last year, and there's no denying that the streaming platform has a good thing going in this space. Equally as popular of course, is our affinity for the mystique; so what do you get when you merge these two worlds together? Introducing the upcoming Netflix series, 1899.

The perfect crossover between Pirates of the Caribbean and Jane Austen; if you're into corsets with an eery and ominous twist, this one's for you. Everything you need to know about 1899, below.


What is the plot of 1899?

If you were a fan of the Netflix hit-series, Dark, you will already be familiar with 1899's creators  Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar. The talented duo are back again for an eight-episode period drama; following a migrant steamship on its journey from London to New York. As we quickly learn from the Netflix official synopsis, everything in 1899 is not exactly what it seems.

"The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. When they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare," revealed the press release.

Speaking in a joint statement about their latest project, Friese and Odar shared; “What really made us connect to this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. At its heart is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.”

While the harrowing plot is exciting in itself, it will be great to watch a series where both storyline and representation are equally celebrated.

Who has been cast in 1899?

The Netflix series 1899 certainly does not fall short on delivering a stellar cast to convey this tale. Some notable mentions include Emily Beecham (The Pursuit Of Love); Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk); Anton Lesser (Game Of Thrones); Andreas Pietschmann (Dark); Miguel Bernardeau (Elite); and Maciej Musial (The Witcher), who will all speak their mother tongue on-screen. In the series' short trailer alone, eight different languages are spoken.


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Do we have an official trailer for the series?

Unfortunately, we are yet to receive a full-length trailer for 1899, but Netflix has released a short teaser to set the tone. The barely one-minute snippet is already an indication that this series is not for the faint hearted. See for yourself below.

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