Netflix has released footage for its first and all-new original Turkish series titled, The Protector.
Described as a superhero fantasy, the series explores: “the epic adventure of Hakan, a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns he’s connected to a secret, ancient order, tasked with protecting Istanbul”.
Starring Cagatay Ulusoy, Ayca Aysin Turan, Hazar Erguclu and Okan Yalabik, the series is set to run for 10 episodes, following Hakan as he tackles a destiny unprepared for and threats unknown.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
This is not Netflix’s first non-English language original series. The Protector follows suit after Spain’s La Casa de Papel, the French drama, Marseille, Japanese anime series, Devilman Crybaby and Germany’s insanely epic series, Dark (check it out if you are a fan of Stranger Things).
Alex Sutherland is on the project as an executive producer and acclaimed Turkish indie director Can Evrenol is set to helm a few episodes on the project.
The series is set to change the nature of television in Turkey which leans predominately towards the drama genre and deviates from the traditional format in relation to the span across which stories are told.
On speaking of the pressure of telling an authentic story Sutherland stated:
“There’s a bit of a national expectation in Turkey,” he says. “A lot of people are looking at us to create a high standard for the industry and hopefully be the beginning of a new dawn of production in Turkey. Most of the team come from a feature-film background, and the challenge is to do something new and convince people that it is possible.”
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Sources: TheNational and The Broadway World