Award-winning scripted label Filmlance, part of Banijay Nordic, today announces filming has begun on its latest drama for Viaplay, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, the classic Astrid Lindgren adventure about a strong and independent girl which took the world by storm when it was published 40 years ago.
Young actress Kerstin Linden, from critically-acclaimed feature film, The Emigrants, has signed up for the highly sought-after lead role as Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. She is joined by Jack Bergenholtz Henriksson, who plays the role of Ronja’s friend, Birk Borkason.
The parents of the two robber families are played by a star-studded ensemble consisting of Christopher Wagelin (The Truth Will Out, Love Me) as Mattis, Krista Kosonen (Beforeigners, The Swarm, Blade Runner 2049) playing Lovis, and in rival dynasty, Sverrir Gudnason (Love Me, Borg) plays Borka, and Maria Nohra (Honor, Beck) as Undis.
Filming of the twelve-episode Swedish-language series solely written by acclaimed Bron creator, Hans Rosenfeldt, and first season directed by Lisa James Larsson (Victoria, A Royal Affair), has now begun.
Kerstin Linden says: “It feels so much fun to do my interpretation of the role of Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Although the book and film came before I was born, I have still read and seen it several times – and I really love the story. She is a tough and smart girl with a mind of her own.”
Bonnie Skoog Feeney & Mattias Arehn, Producers of Filmlance says: “It’s a great privilege to produce a series based on the loved and well-known story of Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Shooting in epic landscapes, in deep forests and raging waterfalls, with wild horses and fantasy creatures is a huge undertaking for everyone involved. We’re already so impressed and proud of the work our cast and crew have put in and thrilled to see the vision come to life.”
Hanne Palmquist, Executive Producer and MD of Filmlance says: “Across the globe, the saga of Ronja is exceptionally well-loved and we are incredibly proud to be producing this series for Viaplay, a streamer that is growing quickly. This reinterpretation will bring elements such as love, courage, the essential connection between nature and human and girl power to the forefront and is set to give a deeper insight into Ronja’s world than ever before. We’ll stay true to the story, which is loved so much, but update for today’s audiences with special effects, beautiful scenery, and brilliant characters, all written by iconic screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt.”
Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is produced by Bonnie Skoog Feeney and Mattias Arehn (Björnstad) for Filmlance with Sara Askelöf as executive producer at Viaplay Group and Hanne Palmquist as executive producer at Filmlance. Johan Palmberg is executive producer at Astrid Lindgren Company. Maggie Widstrand is casting director for all children, and Tusse Lande cast all adult actors. The series is a co-operation with Film i Väst.