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Norwegian film star Aksel Hennie is returning to the small screen, as principal photography is set to begin mid-April on the new Nordic drama, Nobel.

Aksel Hennie © Per Olav Heimstad, POH Photography
Aksel Hennie © Per Olav Heimstad, POH Photography

Nordisk Film & TV Fond announced today that Aksel Hennie (Headhunters, Max Manus: Man of War, Torpedo, 24: Live Another Day) is headlining the cast of the new eight-part TV series, Nobel, a war drama and political thriller commissioned by Norway’s NRK.

Nobel is directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and produced by Håkon Briseid, both of whom collaborated on the 2012 series, The Half Brother. The writers are Mette Marit Bøstad (who co-wrote The Half Brother) and Stephen Uhlander.

Said Sørensen about the main storyline, “Nobel focuses on Erling Riiser (Aksel Hennie), a Norwegian soldier in the Special Forces (FSK). He and his platoon are in action in Afghanistan and orders given by NATO and the Norwegian Foreign Office. Then Erling and his soldier-friends are suddenly involved in a tricky political conspiracy. This has great impact on his life, his family and also in the end, Norway as a nation.”

Other key cast members include Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st, Norwegian Cozy), Tuva Novotny (Crimes of Passion, Eat Pray Love), Christian Rubeck (The Heavy Water War, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Danica Curcic (The Bridge, Wallander), and Odd-Magnus Williamson (Kon-Tiki, NAV, Norway).

Nobel has been pre-sold to Sweden’s SVT and Iceland’s RUV. Stay tuned for details about if/when the series will screen in the US and/or UK.

Filming of Nobel begins in Oslo next month, followed by three weeks in Prague and four in Morocco. Nobel premieres on NRK in 2016.


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Nobel: Aksel Hennie Leads Cast of New Nordic TV Thriller
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