Diane Kruger to play the 20th century Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich in upcoming Fatih Akin TV Series

By Ellen James October 01, 2022

Diane Kruger has reteamed with director Fatih Akin in a new TV series about German-American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich.

Fatih Akin will direct the five-part series titled Marlene, which is based on the biography of Marlene Dietrich, My Mother Marlene, written by Dietrich's daughter, Maria Riva.

Akin’s Bombero International is making the biopic series, whereas Kruger is executive producing with Maria Riva and Scott Levenson.

Fatih Akin, who previously worked with Kruger in In the Fade, said in a statement, "No one could be better cast than her. Marlene wasn’t just a cinema icon, but a woman in exile, a German migrant to America, a resistance fighter and much more."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Akin also called the series "the greatest challenge" of his career but also said that no one could play it better than Kruger.

The show's producers, Nico Hofmann and Sebastian Werninger, said, "Marlene Dietrich is an icon of our time: in her open attitude towards sexuality, her clear [anti-war] stance in Nazi Germany, her cosmopolitan nature and in her embrace of diversity. "

They further added, "Marlene Dietrich is [both] myth and legacy, one of the greatest German biographies that has never been told in its true complexity."

Diane Kruger is also a German-American actress, famously known for Quentin Tarantino's The Inglorious Basterds.