With the advent of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the equations of TV drama recently underwent a massive overhaul – the old formula of episodic structure do not work anymore since this is the age of bingeing. And with the new age, the producers are also adopting a new form of scripted drama with a more cohesive structure than ever seen – even in genres like sitcoms, this is very evident with multi-episode arcs – and the new sitcoms actually go for a compact 12 or 10-episode format meant to be watched in succession. But there is no genre that it has been as beneficial to as thrillers and their many manifestations.
‘You Are Wanted’ is the Amazon ‘s first-ever original German undertaking, and it has proven to be a massive success so far. Taking a cue from Netflix’s highly popular ‘Mr. Robot‘, the show parallels it in many subtle ways: the color palette, the cinematography, hacking and espionage as a crucial element, and the overarching themes of plotting, conspiracy, and helplessness. This German drama has been created by Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad, and Richard Kropf, and Matthias Schweighöfer and Bernhard Jasper are the directors. The series first premiered on March 17, 2017, and has been favorably received by fans and critics alike.
You Are Wanted Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘You Are Wanted’ includes Matthias Schweighöfer as Lukas Franke, who is a hotel manager in Berlin. Before the show, Schweighöfer was already a celebrated German actor with a huge career spanning more than two decades in both film and TV, and more than twenty awards to his name since 1999. Naturally, he is one of the selling points of this show, picking up international recognition and fans along the way.
The other cast members include Alexandra Maria Lara of ‘The Reader‘ and ‘Rush‘ fame, who plays the role of Hanna Franke, Lukas’ wife. Franz Hagn appears as Leon Franke, their son. Karoline Herfurth plays the role of Lena Aradnt, a woman who is in a similar situation as Lukas. Alongside these characters, police investigator Sandra Jansen and her partner Thorsten Siebert are played by Catrin Striebeck and Edin Hasanovic.
There are several other supporting characters who portray the parts of the friends and family of Lukas, not to mention the law enforcement agencies who all begin to doubt who he really is when he is framed for eco-terrorism. They all serve to make the tension very palpable on the show.
In the upcoming season, most of the main characters are expected to return and perhaps we will see some new characters as well, who are bound to make things interesting.