Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall, Logan Marshall-Green to shoot ‘Shadowplay’ in Prague
Shadowplay is a Berlin-set post-WWII drama from Swedish filmmakers Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, creators of the acclaimed Scandinavian series The Bridge, which has been seen in 100 countries around the world.
In the English-language, Berlin-set Shadowplay, Taylor Kitsch (Waco, True Detective, Friday Night Lights), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), and Logan Marshall-Green (Upgrade) will star with Prague filling in for the German capital circa 1946.
Kitsch stars as Max McLaughlin, a Brooklyn cop who travels to Berlin to help set up a police force in the immediate aftermath of WWII. German actor Sebastian Koch (Never Look Away, The Lives of Others; Homeland) will play his main rival, “Englemacher” Gladow, a criminal underworld boss who has taken control of the city following the war.
But Max also undertakes a secret mission to find his brother Mortiz, played by Marshall-Green, an American soldier missing in action who has been secretly tracking and killing Nazis in post-WWII Berlin.
Michael C. Hall plays a character named Tom Franklin, though no further details were given about his role. Shadowplay will also star Nina Hoss (Phoenix, A Most Wanted Man) and Tuppence Middleton (Sense8, The Imitation Game) in featured parts.
Shadowplay’s initial 8-episode shoot will get underway in Prague from April 29, with an additional 8 episodes to be filmed in the Czech capital in 2020.
In Prague, filming for Shadowplay is expected to take place in studio and other locations in and around the Czech capital.
Location shooting is also scheduled to take place in other cities around the Czech Republic, including Karlovy Vary and Cheb.
“For me as a writer, Berlin in 1946, a lawless city with no order, is the ultimate arena to tell a story of strong but broken people trying to mend,” said Mårlind, who will direct all eight episodes of the upcoming shoot in Prague from a script co-written with longtime collaborator Stein.
“To seek peace where there is still war. To find trust where there is no loyalty. To find love, because that is all.”
Mårlind and Stein’s highly-acclaimed series The Bridge, which has found fans not just in Scandinavia but across the world, wrapped its fourth and final season last year. The duo also co-created the Swedish-French drama Midnight Sun, and directed 2012’s horror sequel Underworld Awakening; coincidentally, the subsequent film in that series, 2016’s Underworld: Blood Wars, was also shot in Prague.
Produced by Studiocanal, Shadowplay is part of a lineup big-budget European TV series on their upcoming slate that also includes a new adaptation of War of the Worlds starring Rafe Spall, ZeroZeroZero, an Italian drug smuggling drama with Andrea Riseborough, Dane Dehaan, Gabriel Byrne, and the BBC political drama Years and Years, starring Emma Thompson.
Lead photo: Kitsch in True Detective, Hall in Dexter, Marshall-Green in The Invitation