Prime Video Confirms Production Is Officially Underway on the Italian Installment of the “Citadel” Franchise
Matilda De Angelis cast as the lead in the upcoming local Original spy series, which is the first local production within the Citadel franchise from Prime Video and AGBO
The Italian production also stars Lorenzo Cervasio, Maurizio Lombardi, Thekla Reuten, Julia Piaton, Filippo Nigro, and Bernhard Schütz
The series is directed by Arnaldo Catinari and will launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide
LONDON – October 12, 2022 – Prime Video today announced that production is underway in Italy on the Italian installment of the Citadel universe, the groundbreaking global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. Prime Video also confirmed lead actress Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing) as starring series regular in the untitled Italian Original series alongside cast members Lorenzo Cervasio, Maurizio Lombardi, Thekla Reuten, Julia Piaton, Filippo Nigro, and Bernhard Schütz. The upcoming local Original spy series, which is the first local production within the Citadel franchise, will launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.
This pioneering new Italian-produced Original series is directed by Arnaldo Catinari (Suburra: Blood on Rome) and written by Alessandro Fabbri, who is also the head writer, Ilaria Bernardini, Laura Colella, Gianluca Bernardini, and Giordana Mari. Gina Gardini (Gomorrah, Suburra: Blood on Rome, ZeroZeroZero) is the showrunner of the series and serves as executive producer along with Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz and Giovanni Stabilini for Cattleya – part of ITV Studios – the production company behind critically acclaimed international hits, such as Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero, and Suburra: Blood on Rome. Emanuele Savoini serves as co-executive producer.
“We are very excited that production is underway in Italy of the Italian instalment of the trailblazing Citadel universe,” said James Farrell, VP International, Amazon Studios. “We are also proud to welcome Matilda De Angelis and the entire cast of this amazing project to Prime Video. Working alongside these talents and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO is truly thrilling.”
“We are delighted to join forces with Cattleya and some of the most respected, productive and creative teams in Italy to raise the bar on our local productions with this exciting and ambitious production. We are thrilled for Italy to lead the charge as the first local Original in this visionary franchise from AGBO,” added Nicole Morganti, head of Italian Originals, Amazon Studios. “The Italian Original series will be an epic television event, and we can’t wait to share it with our Prime Video audience in Italy and around the world.”
“Amazon and the Citadel franchise have given AGBO a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with top talent from around the world, and Italy is no exception,” said Angela Russo-Otstot, president of creative at AGBO and executive producer. “As enormous fans of Cattleya, we have been afforded a front-row seat to their superior work and leadership, and it has been a thrill. Together with David Weil, we are humbled to be partnering with Gina, Alessandro, all the writers, and the stellar cast of this incredible series.”
“Citadel is an exceptionally ambitious and challenging project, and it is an honor to be part of it,” commented Riccardo Tozzi, founder and president of Cattleya. “The Italian series is a spy story with elements of action, adventure, and fantasy – the genre is simply unprecedented for Italy and for Cattleya. Yet, even with its own creative and stylistic uniqueness, it fits into the fascinating Citadel universe. We are happy to have set out on this journey with great partners in Amazon Studios and all the talent involved. Citadel is new energy for us and, we believe, for Italian series.”
The series is co-produced by Cattleya’s Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Gina Gardini, and Amazon Studios, with AGBO’s Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Ostot, Scott Nemes, and David Weil (Hunters) overseeing production on the Italian Original and all series within the global Citadel universe. Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg serve as executive producers for Midnight Radio on the untitled Italian Original and all series within the global Citadel universe.
As previously announced, Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga) will star in first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including a confirmed India Original series developed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. (The Family Man).
Italian actress and singer Matilda De Angelis made her acting debut in television with the hit series Tutto può succedere in 2015. In recent years, she starred in the period drama Leonardo and made her international breakthrough in Susanne Bier’s limited television series, The Undoing, alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. For this role, De Angelis won the Grandi Serie Silver Ribbon Award for the International Performance of the Year in 2021. In the same year, she also went on to win the David Di Donatello Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Rose Island. Prior to this, De Angelis was awarded the prestigious European Film Promotion (EFP) Shooting Star in 2018. Her upcoming projects include feature films Robbing Mussolini and Across The River and Into The Trees, directed by Paula Ortiz.
The untitled Citadel Italian Original series will join the thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including the Original Italian productions Prisma, Bang Bang Baby, Gianluca Vacchi: Mucho Más, Laura Pausini – Pleased To Meet You, All or Nothing: Juventus, Anni da cane, Dinner Club, Vita da Carlo, FERRO, Celebrity Hunted – Caccia all’uomo S1 and S2, and LOL: Chi ride è fuori S1 and S2; award-winning series such as Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, U.S. hits like The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Boys, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Coming 2 America, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Good Omens, and Carnival Row, in addition to licensed content, and the exclusive live coverage in Italy of the 16 top Wednesday night matches of the UEFA Champions League, as well as the UEFA Super Cup, for three seasons from 2021/22. Other Italian Original series, shows and movies announced include Autumn Beat, The Bad Guy, Everybody Loves Diamonds, Celebrity Hunted – Caccia all’uomo S3, Dinner Club S2, LOL Xmas and The Ferragnez – La Serie S2.
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Under the guidance of Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz, Francesca Longardi, and Gina Gardini, Cattleya has been one of Italy’s most important film and television producers for over 20 years. After producing, during its nascent years, feature films by Italy’s most acclaimed writers and directors, the company then focused its activities primarily on television drama. Groundbreaking series such as Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah are considered among forerunners of a new narrative style and rigor and have earned cult status. Building partnerships with Italian and foreign producers and diversifying genres have become Cattleya’s hallmark over the last several years and have led to great international successes, such as ZeroZeroZero, Suburra, Summertime, and Romulus, placing the company among the highest echelon of European producers. Part of this strand is Django, an ambitious international co-production which reimagines the Western, that will premiere at Rome Film Festival. At a more local level, it is worth mentioning the success of two detective stories with female protagonists, both well received by the public and critics alike: Voiceless (Bella da morire) and Petra, whose second season has just been successfully aired. On the international front, Cattleya and its majority shareholder since 2017, ITV Studios, recently launched Madrid-based Cattleya Producciones, a scripted label that will specialise in the creation and production of TV drama and films for Spain and the international market.
AGBO is an independent studio focused on developing and producing intellectual property universes spanning film, TV, audio, and interactive experiences. Founded in 2017 by award-winning and record-breaking directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with producer Mike Larocca, AGBO’s mission is to innovate and advance the next generation of storytelling to entertain and inspire worldwide audiences.
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