The Swarm (German: Der Schwarm) is a German/European Alliance co-produced science fiction television series directed by Barbara Eder, Luke Watson and Philipp Stölzl. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Frank Schätzing, the series depicts the struggle of humankind against an unknown swarm intelligence that lives in the depths of the sea.
Produced with an estimated budget of €40 million, which makes it the most expensive German TV production (produced in English) of all time, it had its world premiere at 73rd Berlin International Film Festival in Berlinale Series on 19 February 2023, where first 3 episodes out of 8 were screened out of competition. The Swarm is available for streaming on ZDF from 1 March, it will also be available on RAI, France Télévisions, Viaplay, Movistar, ORF, SRF and Hulu Japan from March.
- Cécile de France as Dr. Cécile Roche
- Alexander Karim as Dr. Sigur Johanson
- Leonie Benesch as Charlie Wagner
- Joshua Odjick as Leon Anawak
- Takuya Kimura as Aito Mifune
- Krista Kosonen as Tina Lund
- Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Alicia Delaware
- Barbara Sukowa as Prof. Katharina Lehmann
- Oliver Masucci as Captain Jasper Alban
- Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Samantha Crowe
- Claudia Jurt as Dr. Natalia Oliviera
- Kari Corbett as Iona
- Jack Greenlees as Douglas MacKinnon
- Lydia Wilson as Sara Thompson
- Takehiro Hira as Riku Sato
- Klaas Heufer-Umlauf as Luther Roscovitz
- Eidin Jalali as Rahim Amir
- Franziska Weisz as Sophia Granelli
- Andrea Guo as Jess
- David Vormweg as Tomas
- Dutch Johnson as Jack Greywolf O’Bannon
Frank Doelger announced in 2020 at Cannes, as part of the International Market for Television Programs (MIPTV), that his next TV series The Swarm was going to be the adaptation of novel The Swarm by Frank Schätzing. The series was produced by ZDF within the framework set by the European Alliance, with France Télévisions and RAI, and in co-production with ORF, SRF, Viaplay Group and Hulu Japan who formed the joint venture ‘Schwarm TV Productions GmbH & Co KG’. The series is the first project from Doelger-led Intaglio Films, a joint venture formed in 2019 by the German production company Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises.
The international cast is selected by casting director Robert Sterne, and includes European actors, Cécile de France, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jack Greenlees, Lydia Wilson, Krista Kosonen, Alexander Karim, Leonie Benesch and German star Barbara Sukowa with Japanese actors Takuya Kimura and Takehiro Hira. American actors Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and Dutch Johnson, and Canadian Joshua Odjick also feature in the series.
The script was written by Steven Lally, Marissa Lestrade, Chris Lunt and Michael A. Walker in consultation with experts, such as polar and deep-sea researcher Professor Antje Boetius, from the Alfred Wegener Institute, and Dr Jon Copley, professor of Ocean Exploration from the University of Southampton. Barbara Eder, Luke Watson and Philipp Stölzl directed the series.
Filming began on 7 June 2021 in Italy and Belgium. The final scenes of the series were filmed at a €23 million underwater studio on the outskirts of Brussels.
February 22, 2023
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