Cast Announced for Das Boot


The cast for the upcoming event series Das Boot from Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment includes Masters of Sex‘s Lizzy Caplan and The Crown‘s August Wittgenstein.

With a budget of 25 million euros, the eight-episode production serves as a sequel to the film and best-selling novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. In addition to Caplan and Wittgenstein, the cast includes Rainer Bock (Inglourious Basterds), Rick Okon (Tatort), Vicky Krieps (Colonia Dignidad), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (Robin Hood), Leonard Scheicher (Finsterworld), Robert Stadlober (Summer Storm), Franz Dinda (The Cloud) and Stefan Konarske (The Young Karl Marx).

Filming is set to take 104 days in La Rochelle (France), Prague, Malta and Munich, beginning at the end of August for a fall 2018 premiere on Sky in Germany, Austria, Italy, the U.K. and Ireland. The show is being directed by Andreas Prochaska. Sonar Entertainment is handling international distribution. The head writers on Das Boot are Tony Saint and Johannes W. Betz, and the executive producers are Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel for Bavaria; Marcus Ammon and Frank Jastfelder for Sky; and Jenna Santoianni for Sonar.

Polter and Vogel commented, “Few TV projects are as highly anticipated as the sequel to Das Boot—therefore the production preparations have been extremely intense and thorough, while also being very rewarding given the quality of creative we were able to put together. Now we’re excited to open the next chapter on board U-612 and in La Rochelle and in locations across Europe with our internationally renowned actors and actresses, high-caliber junior cast and acclaimed director Andreas Prochaska.”

Carsten Schmidt, CEO of Sky Deutschland, added, “It’s fantastic that we will start filming only a year after we announced this project. Das Boot perfectly suits our range of top-class Sky original productions. Babylon Berlin, 8 Tage, Der Pass, Der Grenzgänger and Das Boot—series fans can only find these on Sky.”

“In a time when the word ‘classic’ has become overused and trivialized, Das Boot is one of those rare, true originals that without question fits the description,” said Jenna Santoianni, executive VP of television series at Sonar Entertainment. “The film—and the book it is based on—have both earned enormous acclaim. This new production, supported by tremendous writing, an acclaimed international cast and crew, stunning locations and a budget more commonly associated with feature films, will be a fitting sequel to the iconic work that it follows.”