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COMRADE DETECTIVE: '80s Romanian action flavor with American voice-over, latest Amazon production


We're just a few days away from a surprising new project, a collaboration between Amazon Prime, a Romanian acting duo, and two of the hottest actors in Hollywood. It's a brand new satirical cop show and you can watch its trailer below.

As a Slashfilm reporter perfectly puts it, Amazon and A24 may have just genetically engineered a television show that will perfectly aligns with some of the minds' out there. Comrade Detective, which debuts this summer, in just a few days, is being made to look like a Romanian cop show from the 1980s, with Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici playing the lead roles in what looks like a found tape from 30 years ago. Both actors are have starred in both movies and theater, locally and internationally.

The part that will make people raise their eyebrows is this: actors Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are providing dubbed voice-overs for those two characters, and they’ll be joined by an impressive group of actors that will be doing some dubbing of their own. We're sure that, even tough the idea of dubbing doesn't sound all that appealing, this show will make it work as a great comic device.


Actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici as Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu

Before you read the list of incredible names dubbing this exotic project, here’s the show’s official synopsis:

In the thick of 1980’s Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country’s most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a sleek and gritty police show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by — what else — the greatest enemy: capitalism. Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered now with its main heroes voiced by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt. Comrade Detective is a true portal into a time and place and a powerful reminder of what art can be—and it is now ready to be seen by the modern world on a larger scale than ever before.

As ridiculous as that might sound, there's no joke involved, but there are a handful of exquisite names, such as Jenny Slate, Chloe Sevigny, Jake Johnson, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Kim Basinger, Mahershala Ali, Tracy Letts, Bobby Cannavale, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton Duplass, Jerrod Carmichael, Bo Burnham, and John Early.

This series was created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka (The Sitter), and has Rhys Thomas (Documentary Now!) lined up to direct, while Tatum will serve as an executive producer as well as voiceover actor.

Comrade Detective premieres on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on August 4, 2017.

Check out Channing Tatum watching the trailer of Comrade Detective and tearing up. Enjoy!

"Comrade Detective comes as Amazon pushes further into scripted originals. The company's other original comedies include critical darling Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Red Oaks, One Mississippi and I Love Dick, in addition to acquisitions such as Catastrophe and Fleabag. Amazon's upcoming comedy series include The Tick,Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

"In a world of global television, it was inevitable that the best comedy of the year would come from Romania. Well, that day has come," said Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios' head of comedy, drama and virtual reality. "Comrade Detective is unbelievably compelling, visually brilliant, and Gregor and Iosef are the heroes we need. Thanks to A24, Channing Tatum, Rhys Thomas, Brian Gatewood, Alex Tanaka, as well as the incredibly creative team behind this wild new series."

Comrade Detective is A24's third TV series, joining Playing House and The Carmichael Show. Said A24, "As passionate fans of cinema and television, we have long heard about this genre-defining show and are thrilled to work with Free Association and Amazon to bring it to audiences."" (The Hollywood Reporter)

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