The Swarm, an upcoming environmental thriller, adapted from German author Frank Schätzing’s bestseller novel of the same name, has booked in a whole group of star-studded actors from all over the globe. From America’s Rosabell Laurenti Sellers to German star Barbara Sukowa, the eight part series houses a huge cast, signing up for one of the biggest ventures of their lives.
Among the cast for the big-budget ‘The Swarm’ are European actors, including Cécile de France of The New Pope, Sharon Duncan-Brewster from Sex Education, Jack Greenlees of Star Wars – The Last Jedi fame, Lydia Wilson of Flack, Krista Kosonen of Blade Runner 2049, Alexander Karim Dying of the Light, and Leonie Benesch from Babylon Berlin.
Moreover, other global actors include German star Barbara Sukowa of Hannah Arendt, who will join the likes of Japan’s renowned Takuya Kimura of I Came With the Rain and Takehiro Hiera. Other than that, America actors taken on board for Schätzing’s written saga are Americans Rosabell Laurenti Sellers acclaimed for Game of Thrones alongside and Dutch Johnson of Veep. Also, Canadian actor Joshua Odjick known for his titular role in Unsettled is part of the vast troupe.
Furthermore, besides the stellar cast, that is enough to attract huge population towards ‘The Swarm’, the men behind the curtains are also the past masters, as they join hands for one of the greatest adventure. Hence, the crew of directors for the impending science thriller series includes Luke Watson (Ripper Street), Barbara Eder (Barbarians), and Philipp Stölzl (North Face).
Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated producer Mark Huffam of The Martian, and Saving Private Ryan’s fame, is producing ‘The Swarm’ together with Killing Eve‘s Ute Leonhardt. Schätzing and Till Groenemeyer serves as executive producers. Friedemann Goez and Charlotte Groth are producing for ndF. ZDF commissioning editors include Frank Zervos, Burkhard Althoff, and Alexandra Staib.
The Swarm known to be the bestseller of 2004 has been translated into 27 languages worldwide. Its timeline narrates the struggle of humankind against an unknown swarm intelligence that lives in the depths of the sea. And, when humanity’s pollution and wanton exploitation of the seas disturb this mysterious collective, it strikes back, threatening all human life on earth. Hence, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a small group of scientists.
Although the aforementioned is the timeline of the novel, the screen adaptation is also expected to follow similar plot. However, the necessary changes are being made for the series. And, for the purpose, Doelger and Schätzing has been taken in, whereas Steven Lally (Strike Back) and Marissa Lestrade (Deep State) has penned the screenplay alongside Chris Lunt and Michel. A. Walker.
It was important to me, that we don’t simply adapt The Swarm for the screen, but rather modernize it,” said the original writer Schätzing. “An interpretation for the days to come that puts the lives, fears, and hopes of younger generations’ center stage. The scripts are written, now actors, directors, DOPs, and visual effects artists are taking over. I am eager to see what will happen and will likely sneak onto the set, to maybe play a fish. Or at least, a white crab.”
Additionally, ZDF’s Zervos talking about ‘The Swarms’ commented “After three years of intense preparation and a year of delay due to the COVID crisis, the film adaptation of The Swarm is finally getting off the ground,”
“The series will be state-of-the-art: emotional, close to the present, diverse, as well as scientifically and technologically up to date. In doing so, we want to create a feeling that the story is happening here and now, not in some future” he added.
The Swarms had commenced filming in Italy. The other details about the premiere are yet to be revealed.