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The Leopard: Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel as Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in Netflix photos

The Leopard: Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel as Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in Netflix photos

Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel as Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in the photos of the Netflix adaptation of The Leopard, currently in production in Sicily.

The Leopard: Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel as Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in Netflix photos

Netflix has published the first photos of the series The Leopard, based on the classic set in Sicily by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, which marks the streamer’s most ambitious Italian original to date. The photos reveal, among other things, the dance between Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel, bringing to mind the famous sequence of the film by Luchino Visconti with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale.

For The Leopard, Variety awkward comparisons like Downton Abbey o The Crown. The show is still being worked on in the Sicilian cities of Palermo, Syracuse and Catania and, from what has been seen so far, a modern reinterpretation of the sensual Sicilian saga starring Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster can be seen. The film, now a classic of Italian cinema, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963.

The leopard: Kim Rossi Stuart and Deva Cassel on the set of the Netflix series, here is the teaser

The Leopard yesterday and today

Posthumously published in 1958, The Leopard recounts the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento up until the unification of Italy. It became the best-selling novel in modern Italian literature of its time and has been translated into more than 40 different languages.

The six-episode Netflix epic, set against the backdrop of social revolution in 1860s Sicily, stars Deva Cassel – daughter of Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel – as Angelica Sedara, a gorgeous young middle-class woman who becomes a catalyst for social breakdown and was interpreted by Claudia Cardinale in the original. It is an important role for eighteen-year-old Deva Cassel, who will make her acting debut in Laura Luchetti’s La bella estate; the film will be presented in August at Locarno 2023 in the Piazza Grande section.

Kim Rossi Stewart plays Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, who in Visconti’s masterpiece was played by Burt Lancaster. Among the key roles also Saul Nanni in the role of the nephew of the Prince, Tancredi Falconeri, played in the past by Alain Delon. Benedetta Porcaroli will play Concetta, his cousin, madly in love with Tancredi.

Eleonora Andreatta who, as Netflix vice president for Italian originals, oversees the local production of the streamer, stressed that the series “embodies the great artistic and productive ambition of Netflix in Italy”adding: “The Leopard aims to transform the vitality and topicality of Tommasi di Lampedusa’s masterpiece into a sumptuous and exciting series.”

At the moment, both the budget and the release date of the show remain top secret.

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