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German romantic historical drama The Empress is coming to Netflix in September 2022

The romantic historical German drama

While fans of Bridgeton Expect the highly-anticipated third season and whet your appetite with an exciting new historical romance drama, The Empress, coming to Netflix in September 2022. We have everything you need to know The Empressincluding plot, cast, trailer and Netflix release date.

The Empress is an upcoming Netflix Original historical romantic drama series written by Katharina Eyssen and based on the early life and romance of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The series was co-written by Bernd Lange, Janna Maria Nandzik and Lena Stahl. Florian Cossen and Katrin Gebbe are the co-directors of the series.


When is The Empress Netflix release date?

The Empress will be released worldwide on Netflix Thursday, 09/29/2022.


What is the plot of The Empress

The synopsis of The Empress courtesy of Netflix:

When the rebellious Elisabeth meets the Austrian Emperor Franz, the intoxicating love of the young couple completely upsets the power structure at the Viennese court.

After the wedding, the young empress not only has to assert herself against her power-hungry mother-in-law Sophie, but also against Franz’s brother Maxi, who longs for the throne (and for Sisi) himself.

When enemy troops form on the borders of the Habsburg Empire, the Viennese rise up in protest against the Emperor. Elisabeth must figure out who to trust and at what cost in order to prove herself as the true empress and beacon of hope for the people.


Who was Elisabeth of Wittelsbach?

Elisabeth von Wittelsbach was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph and the Empress of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Born into the Bavarian royal house of Wittelsbach, Elisabeth married Franz Joseph at the age of sixteen and, much to her contempt, soon had to settle into life at the Habsburg court.

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria

In the early years of her reign as Empress of Austria, Elisabeth was at odds with her mother-in-law Archduchess Sophie, who made it her mission to raise her grandchildren because the Empress was too young to raise multiple children at the same time. Eventually, after protesting to her husband, Elisabeth was allowed to spend more time with her daughters and take them with her on trips. Sadly, Elisabeth was blamed for the death of her eldest daughter, Princess Sophie, who died of a high fever and diarrhea while traveling in Budapest, Hungary.

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Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Empress Elisabeth’s mother-in-law

Princess Sophie’s death and the immediate aftermath would affect Elisabeth’s sanity for the rest of her life. Elisabeth was not cruel, but she was motherless to all of her surviving children for the rest of her life, which was not supported by Archduchess Sophie, who felt vindicated by the princess’ death that she and not the empress should raise the children. For the rest of her life, Elisabeth kept a bracelet with her daughter’s likeness and portraits in her homes.

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Princess Sophie of Austria who tragically died at the age of 2

In order to escape from courtly life and relax, Elisabeth often traveled to Hungary and developed a close relationship with the people. Elizabeth’s relationship with Hungary helped found the Dual Monarchy of 1867 and established the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Elisabeth spent the last years of her life traveling, which helped her escape from her melancholy and her courtly life. Unfortunately, on September 10, 1898, Elisabeth was murdered while visiting Geneva, Switzerland.

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The funeral procession of Empress Elisabeth in Vienna, Switzerland, September 17, 1898.


Who are the cast of The Empress?

It’s a Netflix debut for Turkish-German actress Devrim Lingnau, who will play the lead role of Elisabeth von Wittelsbach. Lingnau is best known in Germany for her roles as Carmilla in Carmilla and Cäcilia in Auerhas.

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Devrim Lingnau (left) and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (right)

Newcomer Philip Froissant takes on the role of Emperor Franz Joseph. The Munich-born actor made his name in the Netflix original film Black Island in 2021.

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Philip Froissant (left) and a portrait of the young Emperor Franz Joseph (right)

Sveneja Jung takes on the role of Louise. Jung previously starred in the Netflix original series Dark for one episode (Paradise) as Sonja Tannhaus.

Below is the confirmed cast list of The Empress:

  • Devrim Lingnau – Elisabeth von Wittlesbach
  • Philip Froissant – Franz Joseph
  • Sevnya Jung – Luise
  • Raymond Tarabay – Ambassador De Bourqueney
  • Patrick Rapold – Franz Liszt
  • Jonathan FaillaRobert Stephenson
  • Rudy Ruggiero- From Eskeles
  • Irene Della Casa – Baroness Francesca
  • Simson Bubbel – Livery Ischi

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