18.05.2016 An A-list cast of German actors has joined the cast of Babylon Berlin, the upcoming period crime series co-written and co-directed by A Hologram for The King helmer Tom Tykwer.
Lars Eidinger, currently appearing alongside Kristen Stewart in Cannes competition title Personal Shopper, will co-star in the new project, together with Victoria star Frederick Lau, Karl Markovics (The Counterfeiters) and Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon). Hannah Herzsprung (Four Minutes), Sebastian Urzendowski (Borgia) and Matthias Brandt (Counterparts) are also part of the ensemble cast of the new series, which Tykwer co-wrote and is co-directing with Hendrik Handloegten, screenwriter on the Golden Globe-nominated Good Bye Lenin! and Achim von Borries, who penned the script to Emma Thompson/Brendan Gleeson starrer Alone in Berlin.
Volker Bruch, whose credits include roles in The Reader and The Baader Meinhof Complex, stars in Babylon Berlin as Gereon Rath, a police inspector in Berlin in the Roaring Twenties, when the city was a world capital of art and social emancipation but also of crime and political extremism. Liv Lisa Fries (The Wave) will play his lover, Charlotte. The show is based on the series of best-selling novels by German writer Volker Kutscher.
Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, and Michael Polle are producing Babylon Berlin for X Filme, with Jan Mojto and Dirk Schurhoff of Beta Film as co-producers.
Judging by the first image of the show provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanisch and the producers are going for a Peaky Blinders-style period cool. The picture, shot by Tykwer himself, shows Bruch in a grey fedora, his face in shadows, lit only by fuzzy neon lights behind him spelling out the film's title.