Diane Kruger to Play Marlene Dietrich in New Series
Diane Kruger to Play Marlene Dietrich in New Series

Diane Kruger is on the ballot to embody legendary actress Marlene Dietrich in a new TV series helmed by The Golden Glove director Fatih Akin. The Swimming with Sharks actress will join Golden Bear-winning director Akin after they already worked together on the 2017 film. In The Fade, which won Kruger the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The five-part biopic series will be based on Dietrich’s biography Meine Mutter Marlene, translated as My Mother Marlene, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.

Fecund director Akin is set to adapt the book, which was written by the late German actress’ daughter Maria Riva, in what marks his first foray into television. At present, the project is reported to have a working title of Marlene Kruger, who is also expected to boss produce on the project, hinting that the series will aim to go further than Dietrich’s global success as an actress and investigate who she was off the silver screen.

Kruger said in a statement. With Fatih’s talent and capability to see inside the soul of every person, I’m certain that this won’t just be a series about the icon and world star Marlene Dietrich but most of all an affectionate portrait of this singular woman living through an amazing epoch,

He said as is expected at this early stage, details of what viewers can expect are minimal but Akin’s emphasis on who Dietrich was beyond an icon of the film lends itself to a room for a well-fleshed-out series.

“Marlene was not just a cinema icon, but a woman in exile, a German migrant to America, a resistance fighter, and much more born in Berlin, Dietrich was an icon with a prolific career criterion the course of several decades, from the early 1900s up until her death in 1992.

Aside from curating her unapologetic signature look of top hats, tuxedos, and tailored suits, multi-talented Dietrich fused her love of cabaret with a zeal for acting. In 1930, she was catapulted to stardom as cabaret performer Lola Lola in the hit musical drama The Blue Angel.

The film sparked a reel of success for the actress adding 1932’s Shanghai Express, the 1941 drama Manpower, and the 1957 mystery bystander For The Prosecution. But Dietrich was more than her on-screen success.

Diane was far advanced for her time with her calm defiance of rescaled gender roles, making a clear stand against National Socialist Germany, and helpfulness to donate a portion of her salary to abetment refugees. It is apparent Akin has plenty to inquire about in the series. Marlene does not yet have a release date. 

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