Netflix has revealed cast for upcoming Indonesian original series Gadis Kretek, including award-winning actresses Dian Sastrowardoyo and Putri Marino. The historical drama, produced by Indonesia’s BASE Entertainment, will also star popular actors Ario Bayu and Arya Saloka.
It will be directed by Kamila Andini, whose Before, Now & Then won best supporting performance at this year’s Berlin film festival, and producer-director Ifa Isfansyah.
Based on a novel of the same name by Ratih Kumala, the series is set against the backdrop of Indonesia’s tobacco industry, and delves into the country’s rich history through the story of an estranged son searching for a girl from his father’s past who can fulfill the cigarette mogul’s dying wish.
BASE Entertainment’s Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson will serve as showrunners on the series, with writers including Yuson, Kumala, Kanya K. Priyanti and Ambaridzki Ramadhantyo.
Indonesia is becoming a key territory for the streamers as they ramp up original production, due to its large population, high mobile penetration and growing ranks of creative talent. BASE Entertainment also produced Filipino animated series Trese and omnibus Quarantine Tales for Netflix.
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