The first trailer for Hulu’s adaptation of Das Boot shows off the miniseries’ impressive cast and scope. The miniseries is inspired by both Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s novel and Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 film (and later TV miniseries) of the same name. That film starred Jürgen Prochnow as the captain of the submarine on which much of the story takes place. Where the film and the miniseries differs, however, will be in the parallel storyline structure that follows resistance fighters in France 1942.
Those dual storylines are filled with a number of familiar faces, like Game of Thrones actor Tom Wlaschiha, Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Lizzy Kaplan (Masters of Sex), and Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser. Along with the stellar cast, the series also looks like a truly ambitious undertaking, one that may well rival Petersen’s adaptation in terms of its artistry and scope. And with eight hours at its disposal, Hulu’s version of Das Boot may turn out to be a new classic.
The trailer begins with Wlaschiha’s Hagen Forster discussing what’s at stake in what remains of the WWII conflict, establishing a clear and familiar division between German forces and the allies. Though Lizzy Caplan’s Carla Monroe is clearly on one side of the conflict, both Krieps’s Simone Strasser and Kartheiser’s Samuel Greenwood appear to be splashing around in somewhat grayer waters. Check out the trailer and synopsis for Das Boot below:
“A story of choices and survival, Das Boot explores the emotional torment of life during World War Two, and the brutal reality of living within a senseless war.
During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including the new captain, Klaus Hoffmann. As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Their personalities are pushed to the limit as tensions rise and loyalties begin to shatter. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Resistance, and causing her to question everything. Could all she believed to be true, in fact be a lie?”
This miniseries will pair nicely with Hulu’s other WWII literary adaptation, Catch-22. Though that film’s satirical look at the futility of war is a far cry from the heavy tone of Das Boot, they still might make a fascinating binge watch during the summer heat.