Karl Lagerfeld drama series “Kaiser Karl” commissioned by Disney+

The French series, from Disney+, Gaumont, and Jour Premier, is set in Paris in the 1970s, when Largerfeld was just beginning to break into the French fashion scene.

Start dressing Daniel Brühl in a ponytail and a pair of large, black sunglasses. In the upcoming Disney+ series Kaiser Karl, the German actor has agreed to portray the late fashion designer and style icon Karl Lagerfeld, Disney revealed on Thursday.

Brühl, who most recently starred in Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front, an Edward Berger film that has received nine Oscar nominations, will portray the young Lagerfeld in the series, which follows his ascent in the French fashion industry in the early 1970s.

Daniel Bruhl
Daniel Bruhl

Arnaud Valois (BPM) and Alex Lutz (Vortex) will portray Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, respectively, while Théodore Pellerin (Never Rarely Sometimes Always) from Quebec will portray Lagerfeld’s Jacques de Bascher. Gaby Aghion, portrayed by Agnès Jaoui (Singing Jailbirds), is the founder of the Chloé fashion brand, one of the first to recognize Lagerfeld’s talent.

The six-part series is being produced by Gaumont and Jour Premier for Disney+ France. The directors are Audrey Estrougo (upcoming Disney+ series Tout va bien) and Jérôme Salle (Totems).

The film Kaiser Karl is based on Raphalle Bacqué’s biography of the fashion designer of the same name. Together with Jennifer Have and Isaure Pisani-Ferry (Kaboul Kitchen), Bacqué adapted the book for the big screen (The Red Band Society). The series’ primary author, Pisani-Ferry, wrote all the scripts alongside Have, Dominique Baumard (The Bureau), and Nathalie Hertzberg (Farewell, De Gaulle, Farewell).

In France, Monaco, and Italy, the television show is currently being filmed.

Disney+ Commissions Karl Lagerfeld Drama Series 'Kaiser Karl' – Deadline
Karl Lagerfeld

With his distinctive white hair, black sunglasses, and high, starched collars, the German-born Lagerfeld was a fixture of the fashion world for decades. He might be best remembered for his period as creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position he held from 1983 until his death in 2019. He was also the creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi and had his own, eponymous, fashion label.