Anke Engelke to Front “The Last Word”

Netflix green lights a new German-language series. 

The Last Word will star Deutschland ’86 star, Anke Engelke.

The six-part series centers on a funeral eulogy speaker (Engelke) who loses faith in her work and loses control over her family. When she realizes she can’t let go, she starts to sabotage her own husband’s funeral — until she finds the right words.

“I am very much looking forward to The Last Word and this work and journey with Netflix, Pantaleon, the wonderful director Aron Lehmann, the fantastic screenplay and amazing colleagues,” Engelke said in a statement. “Just like in real life, drama and humor are clashing constantly. Family and relationships, loss and grief, life and death, the absurdities of life, the rediscovery of strength and lust for life, it is all in there — so beautiful it makes you cry.”

The series is based on an idea from Thorsten Merten. Aron Lehmann is directing from his own script. He will also serve as showrunner.

“Together with the wonderful showrunner and director Aron Lehmann and his project The last Word we have the chance to shed new light on Anke Engelke’s versatility as an actress and present this German megastar to a global audience,” Rachel Eggebeen, Director, Netflix Originals, added.