1899 is one of the most highly-anticipated Netflix shows coming to the streaming service soon, and there's a good reason why you should be excited for it: The mystery series comes from Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the creators of the critically-acclaimed German time travel series, Dark, so fans of that show have huge expectations for 1899.
The creators of Dark announced that they were developing Dark for Netflix under their overall deal at the streaming service, and by July 2020, Odar revealed on Instagram that Friese had completed writing the script for the pilot episode. As its title suggests, the new show will be a period drama, and the synopsis, which you will find below, suggests there will be mystery and horror/thriller elements to it.
As expected from a mystery-horror show like this, Netflix and the showrunners are still keeping plot details under wraps, but they've already shared interesting information about 1899, including an official synopsis, large ensemble, and a trailer.
So, here's everything you need to know about 1899, including a release date prediction, plot, cast, trailers, and the latest updates for Netflix's upcoming mystery series.
Table of Contents
- 1899 Netflix Release Date: Is it coming in 2022?
- 1899 Trailers: What teasers & trailers have been released so far?
- 1899 Plot: What will Netflix's new mystery series be about?
- 1899 Cast: Who will star in Netflix's new mystery series?
- 1899 Season 1 Episode Count: How many episodes will the first season have?
- Did Netflix confirm 1899 Season 2?
- 1899 News: Did Netflix share more updates for its upcoming mystery series?
1899 Netflix Release Date: Is it coming in 2022?
1899 will had its two-episode world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13.
1899 Trailers: What teasers & trailers have been released so far?
Netflix teased the first teaser for 1899 in May 2021, reminding viewers that the upcoming show is from the creators of Dark. This clip gives us the first hint that the mystery will focus on a group of passengers in the middle of an ocean. Watch it here:
In June 2022, Netflix released a chilling trailer that reveals the first footages from 1899 without giving away too much of the plot. The dark cinematography and ominous vibes would truly remind you of the showrunners' previous show.
On Oct. 24, Netflix released a new trailer for 1899, and it shows more spectacular visuals while teasing its big mystery:
1899 Plot: What will Netflix's new mystery series be about?
The official press release for 1899 revealed the show's synopsis:
“The original series revolves around a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent from London to New York. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. When they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.”
An updated synopsis for 1899 teases more of what viewers can expect:
“The eight episodes tell of the mysterious events during the voyage of an emigrant ship from Europe to New York. The passengers from the most diverse backgrounds look forward to the dawning century with hope.
They all dream of a better future abroad. When they discover a second ship on the open sea that has been missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board turns their crossing to the promised land into a nightmarish mystery. A web of secrets seems to tie the past of each passenger together.”
Here's what Odar and Friese said in a joint statement:
“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.”
"There is a lot in the DNA that is kind of close to Dark in terms of the puzzle and needing an engaged active audience," Friese said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "But there are also things that are quite different in terms of atmosphere and tonality, but also pacing and more action-y stuff happening. So it is truly a beast of its own, but shares a lot of the same maybe mechanisms as Dark does. Hopefully it feels like something really fresh and new, while still [being] exactly what Dark fans would like to watch."
A new poster for 1899 hints a connection to the infamous Bermuda Triangle:
1899 Cast: Who will star in Netflix's new mystery series?
In December 2020, Deadline reported that Cannes Film Festival award-winner Emily Beecham (The Pursuit of Love, Cruella) has been cast in 1899, and she'll play the role of Maura Franklin.
In May 2021, Deadline reported that Dark alum Andreas Pietschmann was also joining 1899's large ensemble. Pietschmann, who played older Jonas in Dark, will play Eyk Larsen in the new mystery-horror series.
Since then, Netflix has shared a more complete look at the cast, so here's who you can expect to see in 1899:
- Anton Lesser (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
- Alexandre Willaume (The Wheel of Time)
- Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk)
- Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (The Rain)
- Mathilde Ollivier (Overlord) as Clémence
- Miguel Bernardeau (Elite)
- Richard Hope (Piece of Cake)
- Clara Rosager (Morbius) as Tove
- Jonas Bloquet (Elle) as play Lucien
1899 Season 1 Episode Count: How many episodes will the first season have?
The first season of 1899 will consist of 8 one-hour episodes. The pilot episode is titled The Ship as showrunner Baran bo Odar revealed on his Instagram.
Did Netflix confirm 1899 Season 2?
Netflix hasn't officially renewed 1899 for a new season. However, the creators of the show previously told Deadline that they envisioned 1899 as a "multi-season show".
Of course, Netflix will likely decide after they analyze the viewership results for the first season, so viewers will have to wait at least a few weeks after the premiere of 1899 before we find out if there will be a second season.
1899 News: Did Netflix share more updates for its upcoming mystery series?
1899 Behind the Scenes Video Released by Netflix
In June 2022, Netflix released a video that gives us a sneak peek behind the scenes of the filming of 1899. It features commentary from the cast and the creators of Dark, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. Odar describes 1899 as an "action show "with a lot of violence, beating, running, screaming." The video also gives us a look at how the show was brought to life using some of the world's most advanced production technology.
Watch the video below:
Epicstream will update this article with the latest information once Netflix shares more updates for 1899, so stay tuned.