Leonard Kunz | Jakub Gierszał

Shooting »Das Boot«

Leonard Kunz | Jakub Gierszał

Shooting »Das Boot«

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Director Andreas Prochaska currently shooting the new series »DAS BOOT« with Leonard Kunz and Jakub Gierszal.

A drama sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s acclaimed German-language 1981 U-boat movie »DAS BOOT« – »The Boat« – will film as a drama series across multiple European locations.

The series is a sequel to the original 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, that told the fictionalised story of the crew of German U-boat U-96 as they targeted Allied ships in the Atlantic in 1941.

The shooting will start its 104 day shoot in August, taking in locations such as La Rochelle, Malta, Prague and Munich. The series will be produced by companies Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment.

“This new production, supported by tremendous writing, an acclaimed international cast and crew, stunning locations and a budget more commonly associated with feature films, will be a fitting sequel to the iconic work that it follows,” said Jenna Santoianni, Sonar Entertainment’s EVP, who will distribute television series outside the Sky territories, according to the trade.

Leonard Kunz

Leonard Kunz wurde 1992 in Mannheim geboren.
Aufgewachsen ist er in Freinsheim/Pfalz. Nach dem Abitur studierte Leonard an der Universität der Künste Berlin. Seine erste Filmrolle erhielt er noch während des Studiums in dem Kinofilm “A cure for Wellness” von Hollywoodregisseur Gore Verbinski (“Fluch der Karibik”). Es folgten zahlreiche Kino- und Fernsehproduktionen mit u.a. “Radegund” (R.: Terrance Malick), “Der Kriminalist” (R.: Züli Aladag) und “Babylon Berlin” (R: Tom Tykwer).
Er wirkte in Musikvideos mit u.a. für Prinz Pi, Jenniffer Rostock, Liedfett und Benne. Für seine Rolle im Kurzfilm “Jenny” wurde Leonard 2017 als “Bester Nachwuchsschauspieler” mit dem Max Ophüls Preis ausgezeichnet.
Bald wird er die internationalen Dreharbeiten für die aufwendige Sky-Serie “Das Boot” (R: Andreas Prochaska) beginnen.


Jakub Gierszał

Jakub Gierszał was born in Poland, but spent a significant part of his childhood in Hamburg and studied at the National Theatre Academy of his native Cracow. He made his screen acting debut in Jacek Borcuch’s ALL THAT I LOVE in 2008  (Sundance IFF World Competition, Rotterdam IFF)  and followed it with a supporting role in Andrzej Kondratiuk’s ONE MILLION DOLLARS in 2009. His first lead as Dominik in Jan Komasa’s SUICIDE ROOM was premiered in the Panorama Special at the 2011 Berlinale and gained him worldwide recognition as he received his Shooting Star Award at the Berlinale 2012. ( also Golden Duck Award for Best Polish Actor 2011; nomination for Eagle Award for Best Polish Actor)
In 2010/2011 he played the leading role in Piotr Mularuk’s feature film YUMA (Karlovy Vary IFF, Cottbus IFF). Jakub’s second collaboration with director Jacek Borcuch was the film LASTING (Sundance IFF 2013) where he appeared opposite Spanish stars Angela Molina and Juanjo Ballesta. In 2012 Jakub played the part of Lukas in a UK production called  THE FOLD directed by John Jencks opposite British actors Catherine McCormack and Dakota Blue Richards. In the same year he played the role of Maximilian in his fully German speaking debut FINSTERWORLD (Munich IFF, Rotterdam IFF) where he appears side by side with German actress Corinna Harfouch. He also starred in THE PERFORMER by Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański. In October 2012 Jakub made his big theatre debut in the CITY IN A DREAM directed by Krystian Lupa which was premiered in Paris an had its worldwide tour. Also in October of 2012 he was awarded with the first Angela Award at the Kilkenny International Subtitle Film Festival in Ireland.
In 2013 Jakub  finished filming in Poland for the role of Krystian Ceglarski in INFLUENCE by Polish helmer Lukasz Barczyk, starring also Crispin Glover, Bruce Glover and Patrycja Ziolkowska. In March 2013 Jakub appeared in a Polish theatre/television play called “Moralność Pani Dulskiej” directed by Marcin Wrona, which was watched by over 2.5 million viewers. In the summer of 2013 he played the lead role of Felix in a German TV movie “The devil with the golden hair” amongst Saskia Rosendahl, based on a Grimm brothers tail. In the fall of 2013 Jakub completed his first major studio English speaking film by starring as Acemi in Gary Shore’s “Dracula Untold” opposite Luke Evans, Samantha Barks and Dominic Cooper. Jakub speaks fluent German and English and is very gifted for languages. His unique energy, appearance and particular magnetism make him possibly the star of his generation.The comment of the Shooting Stars Jury in Berlin speaks for itself: “From the moment you see him, it is clear that Gierszał was born to be on the big screen. Revealing a kaleidoscope of emotions, his ability to draw you into a story is unparalleled. He is touching, believable, sensitive – a pure and unique talent.”

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