Thailand’s very first original Netflix series, The Stranded, has announced its cast as production begins.
Yesterday, the world’s most well-known streaming media service showed off its new stars during a traditional Thai blessing ceremony (a typical religious ritual believed to bring good luck to a production) at the GMM Grammy building in Bangkok’s Watthana District.
The series will be led by numerous Thai showbiz vets including Sinjai Plengpanich, Sarunyoo and Hattaya Wongkrachan and Winai Kraibutr. It will be directed by a parade of local film giants including horror-flick guru Sophon Sakdaphisit (Shutter, 2004) and Oscar nominee Gary Levinsohn (Saving Private Ryan, 1993), according to Manager.
The Stranded is a mystery show that follows 37 private school students who are left abandoned on a remote island in the Andaman Sea following a tsunami. When a series of mysterious events start happening, the teenagers realize that no one is coming to their rescue and that it’s up to them to get off the island if they hope to survive.
The series, which official began production yesterday, is a collaboration between GMM Grammy and H2L Media group, reported Webwire.
The Stranded isn’t the only Thai original coming to Netflix, however.
Last November, Netflix also announced Shimmers, a horror film set in a remote Northern Thailand school, reported Khaosod.
The brain child of Thai film makers Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears of the Black Tiger, 2000) and Sitsiri Mongkolsiri, Shimmers follows give teens that are haunted by their past — “and a much more sinister force.”
Netflix first launched in Thailand in January 2016 and has since collected about 546,000 subscribers, according to Statista.
So, guess it’s about time that Thailand gets its very own originals.