Disney+ Italy launches production of the original series “The Lions of Sicily”

Depending on the variety, Disney+ began production of the original Italian series The Lions of Sicilya family saga based on Stefania Auci’s bestseller The Florios of Sicily.

What is happening:

  • Director Paolo Genovese began principal photography in Rome and will take place between there and Sicily.
  • Set between 1800 and 1861, the eight-part series follows the Florio family where brothers Paolo and Ignazio are two petty 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. However, turning Vincenzo’s life and that of the whole family upside down is the disruptive arrival of Giulia, a strong and intelligent woman who contrasts with the rigid rules of society at the time.
  • The series stars Michele Riondino, Miriam Leone, Donatella Finocchiaro, Vinicio Marchioni, Eduardo Scarpetta, Paolo Briguglia, Ester Pantano and Adele Cammarata.
  • The series is produced by Francesco and Federico Scardamaglia for Compagnia Leone Cinematografica and Raffaella Leone and Marco Belardi of Lotus Production. It is written by Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo.

What they say :

  • Daniel Frigo, Country Director of The Walt Disney Company Italy said: “After the success of The ignorant angelswe are happy 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 confirms Disney+’s commitment to creating Italian content that enriches and makes unique the already wide and varied offer of the platform.

Charles P. Patton