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Netflix has set the global premiere date for The Empress, the historical drama about Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, and her true love.

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The Empress: Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth — Photo Credit: Julia Terjung © 2021 Netflix, Inc.

The Empress (Die Kaiserin) tells the royal love story of Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau, Allmen, Auerhaus) and young ruler Franz (Philip Froissant, Black Island) — a tale of two young people facing down their own personal doubts, desires, and inner conflicts as the weight of an entire empire rests on their shoulders.

It also gives viewers a glimpse into the inner turmoil of Elisabeth, a beautiful, passionate, and nonconformist young woman far ahead of her time, battling tradition and state conventions and fighting for her individuality and freedom.

The six-part drama, a Netflix Original, premieres globally on Thursday, September 29, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

When the rebellious Elisabeth, Princess of Bavaria (aka Sisi), meets Franz, the young Emperor of Austria, it’s love at first sight. But their impetuous relationship causes chaos in the Austrian dynasty and upsets the balance of power. After the wedding, the young Empress has to find her place in a totally foreign world while standing her ground against her overbearing mother-in-law, Sophie — until now the most powerful woman in the Viennese Court.

Meanwhile, Elisabeth’s feelings are put to the test by Maximilian, the second-in-line who lives perpetually in his brother’s shadow. As hostile troops gather at the borders of the Habsburg Empire and revolution is in the air in Vienna, Elisabeth will have to learn who she can trust and the price she must pay for being the Empress and a symbol of hope for an entire nation.

The cast includes Melika Foroutan (Tribes of Europa), Johannes Nussbaum (Shades of Guilt), Elisa Schlott (Our Miracle Years), Jördis Triebel (Babylon Berlin), Wiebke Puls (Tatort: Munich), and Almila Bagriacik (4 Blocks).

A production of Sommerhaus Serien GmbH, the series, filmed entirely in Germany, is produced by Annie Schilling (The Billion Dollar Code), and directed by Katrin Gebbe (Tatort) and Florian Cossen (Deutschland 86). It is written by showrunner and lead writer Katharina Eyssen (Barcelona Crime) along with Bernd Lange (Criminal: Germany) and Janna Nandzik (Druck). The executive producers are Jochen Laube and Fabian Maubach of Sommerhaus Serien GmbH.


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The Empress: Netflix Sets Global Premiere Date for German-Language Historical Drama
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