Disney is currently developing a brand new Spanish period drama series for Disney+ that is currently going by the working title of “Balenciaga “. This six-part drama series is about Cristóbal Balenciaga, the son of a seamstress and a fisherman who uses his natural talent, constant work and sharp nose for business to become one of the most prominent fashion designers of all time.
This new series will star Albert San Juan in the title role and Deadline has revealed that Belén Cuesta (Money Heist, La Trinchera Infinita) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Killing Eve) have joined the series.
Belén Cuesta, will play Fabiola de Mora y Aragón before she became Queen of Belgium. Balenciaga designed her wedding dress in 1960. Belén Cuesta won the Goya Award for Best Actress for “La Trinchera Infinita”.
Gemma Whelan will play Prudence Glynn, a journalist for The Times newspaper.
Also starring in the upcoming Disney+ series are:
- Patrice Thibaud will portray Christian Dior
- Josean Bengoetxea will play San Sebastian businessman Nicolás Bizkarrondo
- Cecilia Solaguren, his wife, Virgilia Mendizabal
- Adam Quintero will be Ramón Esparza, partner and collaborator of Balenciaga
- Elvira Cuadrupani plays Bettina Ballard, correspondent for Vogue magazine in Paris.
Other actors appearing in the series include Thomas Coumans (Wladzio D’Attainville, Balenciaga’s partner and associate), Gabrielle Lazure (Carmel Snow, fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar), Isabelle Bres (designer Jeanne Lanvin), Anna-Victoire Olivier (actress Audrey Hepburn) and Eva Bley (designer Elsa Schiaparelli).
Filming on the series began in June and will be continuing until autumn. It is being filmed in locations across Spain and France, with over 100 professionals and 2000 extras working on the project.