A brand-new period mystery is coming to Netflix this year, and it looks extremely good—and spooky. Here's everything we know about 1899, the horror mystery set on an immigrant ship headed to America from Europe:
What is 1899 about?
Per Netflix, "A migrant steamship heads west to leave the old continent. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea. What they will find on board, will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare."
Watch the first trailer here for the mystery-horror series here:
The show features an international cast.
The ensemble cast stars Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musial, Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen, Rosalie Craig, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Fflyn Edwards, and Alexandre Willaume.
The show features actors who speak in their native languages on the show.
1899 was created by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, who previously made Dark for the streaming platform. "Being true to the cultures and the languages was really important, we never wanted to have characters from different countries but everyone speaks English," Friese told Deadline of the decision to have the show be in multiple languages. "We wanted to explore this heart of Europe, where everyone comes from somewhere else and speaks a different language, and language defines so much of your culture and your behavior."
During a table reading on Zoom, she explains, "it was such an amazing experience to hear everyone speak in their language, going from Spanish to French to Polish, and have it all come together. I hope it’s going to make English-speaking people learn and love different languages as well."
"1899 is pioneering in terms of its commitment to authenticity of language," Netflix’s director of International Originals Rachel Eggebeen says. "It’s exciting to be part of a truly international show. There will be points in the show where characters have problems communicating because of the languages."
When does 1899 premiere?
The eight episode mystery series is "coming later this year." We will update as soon as we learn more.
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