'We are the Wave'/ 'Wir sind die Welle' on Netflix: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and all you need to know about the German drama

'We Are The Wave' deals with a bunch of teenagers turning vigilantes for a better world. The coming-of-age drama series is loosely based on the novel titled 'The Wave' written by Todd Strasser under the pen name Morton Rhue. 


                            'We are the Wave'/ 'Wir sind die Welle' on Netflix: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and all you need to know about the German drama

'Dark' was the first German show to come to Netflix. A mystery about a quaint German town stuck in a time loop, 'Dark' is a riveting amalgamation of sci-fi, religion and everything in between. Although the show debuted on the streaming service in 2017, it took a year for the show's brilliance to travel by word of mouth leading up to the second season release in 2019. Following the success of 'Dark', Netflix invested in more German shows such as 'Skylines', 'Dogs of Berlin' and 'How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)'. And now it brings 'We are the Wave'/ 'Wir sind die Welle' to its audience. 

'We Are The Wave' revolves around a bunch of teenagers turning vigilantes for a better world. The coming-of-age drama series is loosely based on the novel titled 'The Wave' written by Todd Strasser under the pen name Morton Rhue. 

Here is everything you need to know about the new German series coming to Netflix.

Release date

'We are the Wave'/ 'Wir sind die Welle' will be coming to Netflix on November 1, 2019. 

Plot

According to the official synopsis, "The series follows a group of teenagers who are pursuing the dream of a better future, led by a new and mysterious classmate. They no longer want to hide their anger about social ills. What begins as an idealistic and playful revolt against the establishment, soon gets a threatening momentum. But does the purpose really justify the means?"

Cast

Michelle Barthel as Zazle

Michelle Barthel attends the "The Ground Beneath My Feet" (Der Boden unter meinen Fuessen) premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images)

Barthel's first major role was in 'The Tenth Summer'. She is also seen in 'No Fear' in the role of a teenager who is growing up in difficult social conditions. For the movie 'Keine Angst', Barthel won the Adolf Grimme Award and Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming. 

Luise Befort as Lea Herst

Luise Befort attends the premiere of "Dem Horizont so nah" at Cinedom on September 23, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. (Getty Images)

Befort is known for her work on 'The Red Band Society', 'Zum Teufel mit der Wahrheit', 'Block B - Unter Arrest' and 'Der Lack ist ab'. She won the German Screen Actors Award for Best Ensemble for 'The Red Band Society', which also won the Jupiter Award for Best German TV series. For her role in the drama series, she won the New Faces Award. 

Livia Matthes as Nikki 

Livia Matthes attends the premiere of the first and second episode of the series 'Die Protokollanttin' (The Typist) as part of the Munich Film Festival 2018 at HFF Muenchen on July 3,2018 in Munich, Germany. (Getty Images)

Matthes is known for  'J. Kessels', 'X Company', 'Strassenkaiser', 'Sense8' and her guest appearance in 'Homeland'. 

Creators

(Loosely) based on the book 'The Wave' by Todd Strasser

Todd Strasser wrote 'The Wave' under the pen name Morton Rhue and the show is loosely based on the source material. The book had won the 1981 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult literature. 

The show is directed by Anca Miruna Lăzărescu and Mark Monheim. Anca is known for her documentary 'The Secret of Deva', which won several prizes including the Best New Talent Award at the Sehsüchte student film festival. Her debut feature 'That Trip We Took with Dad' premiered at the Munich International Film Festival in June 2016. She is also known for 'Silent River' and 'Hackerville'. Monheim, on the other hand, is known for  'About a Girl', 'Mit sechzehn bin ich weg', 'Michelle', 'Isy Way Out'. 

Trailer

You can watch the trailer for 'We Are The Wave' here:



 

The trailer to the new Netflix series shows agitation and unrest among the youth. A sharp trailer gives us a look inside an unequal world riddled with social evils - quite like the one we live in. Only in the series, youngsters tired of putting up with the ills of their world, take matters in their own hands. 

"How far would you go for your ideals, for our future?" one of the characters on the show asks. "There is only one Wave."

The trailer for the series ends with a haunting, "How loud do we have to be to wake everyone up?" But as the synopsis of the series suggest "does the purpose really justify the means?"

Where to watch

'We are the Wave'/ 'Wir sind die Welle' will be available to stream on Netflix on November 1, 2019. 

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