Netflix posts first look at period drama 1899 dubbed 'the new Bridgerton' – with some very familiar faces

NETFLIX has teased viewers with a haunting first look at period drama 1899.

The streaming giant's latest offering has already been dubbed 'the new Bridgerton' with some very familiar faces making up the cast.

The romantic series set in the 19th century, dropped at the end of last year and broke records for Netflix – becoming its most-watched show in 83 countries.

Now Netflix is hoping to replicate Bridgerton's huge success with another historical tale, this time set in the last year of the 1800s.

1899 is set to tell the story of an immigrant ship travelling from Europe to New York, with a hopeful set of individuals on board.

But the trip takes a dark turn when they encounter a second ship thought missing.

The synopsis reads: "The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad.

"But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea.

"What they will find on board, will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare."

To entice future fans, there's already the knowledge that the cast will consist of several familiar faces.

First up there's Polish actor Maciej Musial, who stars as Sir Lazlo in The Witcher.

As well as Anton Lesser who took on the role of Qyburn in Game of Thrones.

Then there's also Belgian star Jonas Bloquet in The Nun and Emily Beecham, who viewers may remember from Into the Badlands.

And the four are just an example of the representation of actors from a range of countries.

Showrunner Jantje Friese commented: "1899 is a truly European series with characters from various countries speaking in the language of their origin.

"We feel very fortunate to have found amazing talent from all over the world to venture into this exciting journey with us."

1899's release date is still to be announced with production – on a virtual production stage – kicking off in Germany this month.

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