Born in 1962, Diabolik, The King of Terror, was the brainchild of as the “wicked sisters” Angela and Luciana Giussani.

Angela and Luciana Giussani

Since then, the comic strip has been translated in 7 languages and it has become a dark pop icon who has greatly inspired writers, designers, filmmakers, and artists who still celebrate the rebellious and contrarian alter-ego of the two sisters. An inspiration that for a long time has been haunting the minds of Antonio and Marco Manetti, the directors collectively referred to as Manetti Bros., who finally announced that their idea is going to become a movie written by Michelangelo La Neve, Mario Gomboli and themselves, which will come out in 2020.
“Diabolik is an Italian comic strip, a myth of the collective imagination, and we strongly wanted the cast to be one hundred percent Italian. In choosing the protagonists we did not rely on the mere resemblance, but we tried and found good actors, able to communicate the right emotions,” said the Manetti Bros. revealing the cast: Luca Marinelli in the role of Diabolik, Miriam Leone in the one of his inseparable companion Eva Kant, and Valerio Mastandrea to interpret inspector Ginko. With an exquisite and suggestive setting set in the 1960s, the directors aim to render on the big screen a “dark romantic story” focused on the relationship between the protagonist and his Eva Kent.
According to what was revealed by a local newspaper, the final scenes of the movie will be filmed in Trieste next autumn, while it has been confirmed that part of the filming will take place in Valle d’Aosta.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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