Disney+ Announces New Italian Original Series “The Lions of Sicily” – What’s On Disney Plus
Disney+ has greenlighted a brand new Italian series based on Stefania Auci’s “The Florios of Sicily,” aka “The Lions of Sicily.”
This series in eight episodes tells the story of the Florio family. It follows the brothers Paolo and Ignazio, two small spice merchants who have escaped from a Calabria stuck in the past and in search of social redemption. In Sicily, they invent a future, transforming a small dilapidated shop into a flourishing commercial activity that the young Vincenzo, with his revolutionary ideas, will transform into an economic empire.
Filming has started in Rome and will also take place in Sicily. It will be directed by Paolo Genovese (“Superheroes”).
The series will star Michele Riondino, Miriam Leone, Donatella Finocchiaro, Vinicio Marchioni, Eduardo Scarpetta, Paolo Briguglia, Ester Pantano and Adele Cammarata.
Daniel Frigo, Country Director of The Walt Disney Company Italy, said in a statement to Variety:
“Following the success of ‘The Ignorant Angels’, we are pleased to announce a new all-Italian project that once again features a great director, starring Paolo Genovese, and a top-notch cast. The “Lions Of Sicily” confirm Disney+’s commitment to creating Italian content that enriches and makes unique the platform’s already wide and varied offer.
“The Lions of Sicily” will be produced by Francesco and Federico Scardamaglia for Compagnia Leone Cinematografica, and Raffaella Leone and Marco Belardi of Lotus Production. Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo are writers.