1899 season 1 — release date, cast, plot, trailer, first looks and all about the horror series from the makers of Dark

First Look! 1899 on Netflix has a massive multinational cast.
First Look! 1899 on Netflix has a massive multinational cast. (Image credit: Netflix)

1899 is a new Netflix series that will delight fans of the hit German supernatural drama Dark, which focused on the hunt for missing children in a small town with a sinful past. 

Made by the creators of Dark, 1899 is quite unique as it's a multi-language series in which the characters will speak in the language of their origin. The eight-part drama is set in 1899, the same year as Dark, but is set on a migrant steamship travelling from London to New York with a mixed bag of European travellers on board. And as usual creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar are making something unique and different — this time with all the actors speaking in their native tongues. Yet although the characters may have trouble communicating, they have one thing in common — soon their visions of the promised land of America turn into horrifying nightmares. 

1899 showrunners Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar said: “What really made us connect to this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. At its heart is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.” 

So here’s everything you need to know about new Netflix horror series 1899

1899 stars Aneurin Barnard, Emily Beecham and Andreas Pietschmann.

1899 stars (from left) Aneurin Barnard, Emily Beecham and Andreas Pietschmann. (Image credit: Netflix)

Fflyn Edwards plays a young passenger in 1899.

Fflyn Edwards plays a young passenger in 1899. (Image credit: Netflix)

1899 release date 

1899 is released worldwide On Netflix on Thursday November 17 2022. The show has already had a two-episode premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2022. The series comprises eight hour-long episodes, with its pilot episode entitled The Ship.

Is there a trailer for 1899?

Netflix released an official creepy trailer for 1899 to whet your appetites. Netflix had previously released a teaser trailer and shown more on Twitter. Take at all look below...

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1899 plot

1899 follows a multinational group of migrants leaving London to start a new life in New York. They are united by their hopes for the new century and dreams of a better life abroad. Yet all are travelling with secrets they are desperate to keep hidden. But when they set sail, they encounter another migrant ship that has been missing for months adrift in the open sea. What they find on board changes their lives forever and a web of secrets starts to unravel.

"Knowing that we did Dark, viewers can be assured that this is going to be something weird, wild and crazy,” teases co-creator Baran bo Odar. "All the passengers on the ship are travelling with secrets that they don’t want to get out. It’s going to be a fun puzzle for the audience."

The migrants on board their ship in 1899.

The migrants on board their ship in 1899. (Image credit: Netflix)

1899 cast — who's starring in this Netflix horror

1899 has a great international cast. Cruella and The Pursuit of Love star Emily Beecham will play Maura Franklin while Dark star Andreas Pietschmann, who played older Jonas, will take on the role of Eyk Larsen. They will be joined by Anton Lesser (Andor, Pirates of the Caribbean), Aneurin Barnard (The Pact, Dunkirk), Alexandre Willaume, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Mathilde Ollivier, Miguel Bernardeau, Richard Hope, Clara Rosager, Fflyn Edwards and Jonas Bloquet.

Take a look at a quick chat with the 1899 cast on the clip below, along with the release date announcement...

Emily Beecham as Maura Franklin in 1899.

Emily Beecham as Maura Franklin in 1899. (Image credit: Netflix)

Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen in 1899.

Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen in 1899. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Pursuit of Love.

1899 star Emily Beecham (on right) in The Pursuit of Love. (Image credit: Theodora Films Limited & Moonage Pictures Limited/Robert Viglasky)

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