The Sleepers Trailer: HBO Europe’s Espionage Drama Premiering in the U.S. May 18
HBO Europe’s espionage drama The Sleepers will premiere in the U.S. on Monday, May 18, available to subscribers on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and partners’ streaming platforms. It will also be available on HBO via HBO Max when the new streaming bundle launches on May 27. You can check out the official trailer for the series below!
The Sleepers, a six-part drama series from HBO Europe, follows an incredible story taking place at the end of 1989 in Czechoslovakia when the Soviet Empire was crumbling – an era which has rarely been documented on screen. In the midst of the Velvet Revolution, which brought 40 years of Moscow’s dominance in the country to an end, an ordinary woman gets caught between the two worlds of State Security and the dissidents. She is gradually forced to uncover unexpected secrets kept by both.
The story opens in London, October 1989, where a married couple, Marie (Tatiana Pauhofova) and Viktor (Martin Mysicka), who defected from Czechoslovakia under dramatic circumstances 12 years ago, are on their way to Prague. Marie, a professional violinist, longs to see her family again, but Viktor’s motives are less clear. Both anticipate that after the political turmoil in East Germany, Hungary, and Poland, the winds of change will soon sweep across Czechoslovakia as well. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that that time hasn’t yet arrived. After an unexpected turn of events, Marie lies unconscious in a hospital, and Viktor has disappeared without a trace. Worried and distressed, she ends up alone, in a country she doesn’t understand anymore, and which doesn’t understand her.
At the project’s helm is internationally celebrated director Ivan Zacharias who notably served as lead director on HBO Europe’s acclaimed mini-series Wasteland, also available on the service. Cast members include Hattie Morahan (Beauty and the Beast, Alice Through The Looking Glass) David Nykl (Arrow, Stargate: Atlantis) Martin Hofmann, and Lenka Vlasakova. The Sleepers is the debut project from screenwriter Ondrej Gabriel.
The Sleepers is the latest programming to be made available to U.S. subscribers from HBO’s international partners, and joins a slew of fantastic programming already available on the service, including HBO Europe’s Beforeigners and Shadows, as well as HBO Asia’s The Teenage Psychic, Folklore and Food Lore, and HBO Latin America’s Psi, The Bronze Garden and He, She, They.