Variety has learned that German actor Chris Veres has landed a role as a series regular on the Cold War series “Deutschland ’86.”
“Deutschland ’86” picks up the three years after the events of the Peabody Award-winning show “Deutschland ’83,” with East German agent Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) on the front line of the battle between the Ronald Reagan led West and the Soviet Union before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Veres will play Tim, an American G.I. based in West Berlin who is gay but closeted. He works alongside Alex Edel (Ludwig Trepte), his friend who is openly gay. will appear in seven or eight episodes with series option for subsequent seasons.
German production company UFA is hoping to capitalize on the success of “Deutschland ’83,” which also won an International Emmy and sold to over 200 territories, and expand the market for German film and television productions to an international scale. “Deutschland ’86” is currently filming its 10-episode season in Germany and South Africa and will conclude filming in December. Amazon has distribution rights for Germany, and Sundance TV will distribute the “Deutschland ’86” in the U.S. “Deutschland ’83” aired on Sundance in the U.S.