If you love crime dramas, you will not want to miss out on ‘Suburra: Blood on Rome’. Set in Rome, the show is an Italian-American crime drama series which serves a prequel to Stefano Sollima’s 2015 Italian neo-noir mafia film, ‘Suburra’. Both the show and the movie are inspired by a 2013 book of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonnini. Created by Daniele Cesarano and Barbara Petronio, ‘Suburra: Blood on Rome’ is the first Italian-language Netflix Original.
‘Suburra: Blood on Rome’ is a relatively new show, and the first season premiered worldwide on Netflix on October 6, 2017. Season 1 received outstanding reviews from critics, which led to Netflix renewing the show for a second season on January 30, 2018. After a production period spanning from April to August 2018, Season 2 of ‘Suburra: Blood on Rome’ was aired on Netflix on February 22, 2019.
Suburra Cast: Who’s in it?
In Season 2, Barbara Petronio comes back in charge as the head writer, and the cast, too, remains largely unchanged. While director Andrea Molaioli is back on board, Michele Placido, who directed the first two episodes of Season 1, has been dropped for Season 2. Instead, new helmer Piero Messina, a former assistant to Paolo Sorrentino, has been recruited. Notably, Messina’s first feature, Sicily-set ‘The Wait’, starring Juliette Binoche, made the cut for the 2015 Venice competition
The protagonists are the same who conquered the audience in Season 1: Alessandro Borghi returns as Ostia-based mobster Aureliano Adami, while Giacomo Ferrara reprises his role as Sinti gang member Alberto ‘Spadino’ Anacleti. Eduardo Valdarnini also makes a return as lone pusher Gabriele ‘Lele’ Marchilli, as does Francesco Aquaroli in his role of organized crime boss Samurai. Meanwhile, Claudia Gerrini reprises her role as the ambitious Vatican financial auditor Sara Monaschi, while Filippo Nigro returns as honest politician Amedeo Cinaglia.
Owing the show being a prequel to the movie ‘Suburra’, several characters are common to both. Aureliano Adami is present in both the show, and the movie, and is played by Alessandro Borghi in both. Alberto ‘Spadino’ Anacleti, played by Giacomo Ferrara, too, is common to both the show and the movie. While the character Samurai is also present in the movie and the show, Claudio Amendola plays the role in the former, and Francesco Aquaroli plays Samurai in the latter.
Suburra Plot: What is it about?
‘Suburra: Blood on Rome’ is essentially a story about a power struggle to gain control over the seaside town of Ostia outside Rome, which is being developed into a gambling den. The events of the TV show begin in 2008, in the backdrop of a struggle over control of land in Ostia. The power struggle soon escalates into a deadly battle between organized crime, corrupt politicians, and the Vatican.