The Defeated formerly Shadowplay (Viaplay) December 13, 2020


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The Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will open with a world premiere screening of the thriller Shadowplay.

The series is produced by TANDEM Productions and BRON Studios in co-production with ZDF. Created, written and co-directed by Måns Mårlind (The Bridge, Midnight Sun), the first chapter of the series stars Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall, Nina Hoss, Tuppence Middleton, Sebastian Koch, Logan Marshall-Green and Mala Emde.

The character-driven thriller, set in Berlin, centers on the story of Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in the city in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down “Engelmacher” Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, Max undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother Moritz, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. However, Max is completely unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War.

The 16-episode series will be told in two chapters.

Lead actors and creative executives will attend the world premiere of the first two episodes of Shadowplay, following a red carpet opening ceremony held in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival’s Honorary President, on June 19.

Laurent Puons, CEO of the festival, said, “We are delighted to have such an eagerly-awaited drama take center stage at the opening of our 60th Anniversary Festival. The Monte-Carlo Television Festival was originally conceived to celebrate the very best of global television and Shadowplay, written by the amazing talent of Måns Mårlind, certainly fits the bill. We are thrilled to welcome Måns, alongside Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall as well as other stellar cast and creative team members, to join us in Monaco to honor this exciting new production.”

Mårlind added, “I’m honored and thrilled to have Shadowplay chosen to open the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. To be able to premiere this passion project of mine together with members of our incredible cast and the producing partners TANDEM and BRON in this beautiful and prestigious setting is like a dream come true.”

The initial eight-episodes shot last year in Prague (serves as the backdrop for a series that takes place in Berlin around World War II), while the second half will go into production in 2020

In Germany, "Shadowplay" is to be shown in four full-length episodes, internationally the series will be marketed in eight "one-hour" episodes.
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In the first images from the series, available exclusively to the The Hollywood Reporter, Kitsch looks rough and ready as Max McLaughlin, a Brooklyn cop playing a fish-out-of-water in an assignment to set up a police force in the chaos of post-World War II Berlin. His mission is to take down "Engelmacher" Gladow, the Al Capone of post-war Berlin, played by German star Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Homeland).




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Filming of the first eight episodes, which are being brought to market now, took place in Prague last year and the second eight-episode instalment is planned for later this year

Distributor: Studiocanal
Producer: Tandem Productions, Bron Studios,
Broadcasters: Canal+, Viaplay, NC+, ZDF
Logline: A recurring cop-based gritty thriller set in Berlin in 1946


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Under the local title “ Shadows of the Murderers - Shadowplay ”, the Shadowplay event series will celebrate its German premiere on ZDF from Friday, October 30th at 8:15 pm . Fresh episodes run on Friday and Saturday at 8.15 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday at 10.15 p.m

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