Tag Archive: 2020

  1. Richard Dillane, Leanne Best & Adam Pålsson Starring in New Netflix Original Young Wallander

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    The filming of Young Wallander has just begun – the new Netflix original series based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling Kurt Wallander novels. The cast includes Adam Pålsson (Kurt Wallander), Richard Dillane (Superintendent Hemberg), Leanne Best (Frida Rask), Ellise Chappell (Mona) and Yasen Atour (Reza). The series is created by Yellow Bird UK, a Banijay Group company, and the producer of the Swedish Wallander franchise at TV4 as well as the successful BBC series Wallander from 2008.

    I couldn’t be more honoured and thrilled to have the opportunity to play the young Kurt Wallander, and to explore the defining events in the life of this complex, driven protagonist, created by the brilliant Henning Mankell. With a terrific cast and creative team, I have every confidence that our new version will resonate both in Sweden and with audiences worldwide,” says Adam Pålsson.

    Berna Levin, Creative Director, Yellowbird UK says: “In revisiting the beloved character of Kurt Wallander, we searched for an actor of great calibre and integrity. Someone who could carry the mantle previously worn by some of the most legendary actors of our time, honouring their brilliant past performances while also bringing in his own unique and contemporary take on this iconic role. Adam’s impressive body of work and uncompromising dedication to the role made him the obvious choice. Standing with an amazing cast, we have no doubt that together, they will take Wallander to new heights and enthral audiences all over again.”

    The English-language drama series is told over six serialized episodes and is set in contemporary Sweden. Young Wallander sees Henning Mankell’s iconic detective Kurt Wallander investigate his gripping first case. The story focuses on the formative experiences – professional and personal – faced by Kurt as a recently graduated police officer in his early twenties.

    Young Wallander is directed by Ole Endresen and Jens Jonsson and produced by Berna Levin. Screenwriter is Ben Harris. Casting is made by Sophie Holland CSA (The Witcher) and the cast also includes Charles Mnene, Jacob Collins-Levy, Alan Emrys and Kiza Deen.

    Young Wallander will launch exclusively on Netflix in 2020.

    Main cast

    Adam Pålsson (Kurt Wallander)
    Adam Pålsson achieved widespread recognition and acclaim in the SVT drama Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves. He played the leading role in the TV series Moscow Noir , and has appeared in such shows as The Bridge , Code 1525 and Before We Die. He also portrayed the title character in the feature Ted- For Love’s Sake about the legendary Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad.

    Richard Dillane (Superintendent Hemberg)
    Richard appeared in the Oscar-winning feature Argo and the multi-award-winning Oranges and Sunshine , as well as The Jacket , The Edge of Love and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight . Among his numerous television credits are Wolf Hall , Poldark and Peaky Blinders . His stage work includes seasons at the RSC and National Theatre.

    Leanne Best (Frida Rask)
    Leanne’s TV credits include Line of Duty , Ripper Street and Black Mirror , as well as major roles in Tin Star , Home Fires and the BAFTA-winning Cold Feet . She portrayed the title character in the feature film Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death and appeared in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool , alongside Annette Benning and Jamie Bell. Her stage credits include the Pulitzer Prize winning Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse.

    Ellise Chappell (Mona)
    Known for her leading role as Morwenna in BBC’s BAFTA winning Poldark , Ellise also starred in Sky’s The Last Dragonslayer and the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis feature film Yesterday.

    Yasen Atour (Reza)
    Yasen will have a leading role in the upcoming feature film Small City. He has also appeared in the recent features Ben Hur and Robin Hood . He has also had television roles in ITV’s Dark Heart and Marcella , as well as Peter Kominsky’s critically acclaimed miniseries The State.

    Charles Mnene (Bash)
    Charles’s TV credits include The Widow , The State , Misfits and Silent Witness . He has also appeared in the feature films The Informer and NW . He will play the leading role in the upcoming feature Riding With Sugar by award-winning director Sunu Gonera.

    Jacob Collins-Levy (Karl-Axel Munck)
    Known for his leading role as King Henry VII in the Starz miniseries The White Princess , Jacob has also appeared in episodes of Pure and Doctor Who . He will appear in the upcoming feature adaptation of the Booker Prize winning True History of the Kelly Gang , directed by Justin Kurzel.

    Alan Emrys (Gustav Munck)
    Alan is a recent graduate of Drama Centre London. Since graduating Alan has appeared in Johnny English 3 and 4Stories .

    Kiza Deen (Mariam)
    Kiza’s TV credits include Hollyoaks and Silent Witness. On stage, she earned rave reviews for her solo performance in debbie tucker green’s random at the Leeds Playhouse.

  2. AMC Greenlights its First Episodic Anthology Series About the Intersection of Love and Science From Will Bridges and Brett Goldstein

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    AMC announced today that it has greenlit a new, yet-to-be-titled original episodic anthology drama created by Emmy-Award winning writer Will Bridges (“Black Mirror,” “Stranger Things”) and Brett Goldstein (“Superbob,” “Adult Life Skills”). Bridges and Goldstein will executive produce with Jolyon Symonds through Fearless Minds, a Banijay Group company (‘Thorne’ series for Sky One, “Complicit”). The Untitled Bridges/Goldstein Project, produced by AMC Studios, will consist of six, hour-long episodes, and is slated for a 2020 debut on AMC.

     

    Each episode of the Untitled Bridges/Goldstein Project will feature an entirely new story and different cast, a first-time format for AMC. The series takes place 15 years from now, when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a way to find your soul mate. The series uses the sci-fi conceit to tell six provocative stories about the cost of finding true love, all different in tone and featuring a spectrum of people and relationships. Bridges and Goldstein previously created the short film “For Life,” which serves as the basis for this new, original series.

     

    “This is AMC’s first foray into non-serialized story-telling, and we’re trying to do so in the boldest way possible. The show explores how technological innovation can impact the most delicate matters of the heart, and each episode will turn personal life choices into high-stakes drama. It’s a fresh yet relatable idea, portrayed through wildly entertaining tales with unexpected twists, humor, and meaningful emotion,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Will and Brett are immensely talented creators, and we are thrilled to have these new and observant voices on AMC.”

     

    Said Bridges, “I’m thrilled to be working on this show with AMC. To get the opportunity to expand on the short film Brett and I made and tell new stories about how messed up love can make a person is something we’re both very grateful for and extremely excited about.”

     

    Said Goldstein, “I am extremely excited and honoured to make our show about soulmates with AMC, the network responsible for at least two of my favourite shows, one of which I definitely watched legally.”

     

    Will Bridges, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

    Bridges co-wrote the Emmy-winning episode “USS Callister” of “Black Mirror” last season directed by Toby Haynes. He recently staffed on Season 3 of “Stranger Things” for Netflix. Bridges also adapted a feature based on the science fiction short story, “Prize Of Peril,” which is in development with Studio Canal and Grand Electric. He wrote and directed the short film “Shallow,” a thriller starring Dan Stevens.

     

    Brett Goldstein, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

    Goldstein successfully juggles life as an actor, writer, comic and director. He co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film “Superbob” with Catherine Tate. He also co-wrote the three ‘Nan Specials’ that were in the top ten most watched programs in the UK that year.  As an actor, Goldstein won the prestigious 2016 BIFA for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Adult Life Skills” with Jodie Whittaker and can next be seen in the SXSW hit “Wild Honey Pie” alongside Jemima Kirke. His television credits include lead roles in “Hoff The Record,” “Derek,” “Drifters” and “Uncle.” Goldstein stared in the hilarious “The Pact” opposite Sarah Solemani of BBC2. He played a lead role in Whitney Cummings’ HBO pilot “A Lot” and the NBC/WB Bill Lawrence pilot “Spaced Out.”

     

    Jolyon Symonds, Executive Producer

    Jolyon Symonds has previously produced award-winning drama and feature films including: the “Thorne” series for Sky One, the BAFTA-winning drama “Complicit” written by Guy Hibbert for Channel 4, the box office hit “Kevin and Perry Go Large,” and Danny Brocklehurst’s “The Driver” for BBC One.