Multiple award-winning Danish actor Pilou Asbæk is set to guest star in the new BBC Two comedy-thriller series Stag.
Pilou Asbæk, well known to Euro TV fans as PR guru Kasper Juul in the megahit political drama Borgen, Italian nobleman Paolo Orsini in The Borgias, and the PTSD-suffering soldier Didrich in the newly-released period/war drama 1864, will guest star in Stag, a dark comedy thriller about a horrific stag weekend.
An award winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, Bodil Awards, and Robert Awards, Asbæk has also featured in the hit Danish films The Absent One (Fasandræberne, a must-see in my book) and A Hijacking (Kapringen).
Over the course of Stag‘s three hour-long episodes, a meek school teacher (Jim Howick, Peep Show, Horrible Histories) joins his future brother-in-law (Stephen Campbell Moore, The Wrong Mans, Our Zoo) and several obnoxious friends on a deer-stalking expedition in the Scottish Highlands. As members of the hunting party realize that they are the prey, sordid secrets begin to emerge and old friendships are tested to the limit in a ruthless battle for survival.
Additional cast members include JJ Feild (TURN: Washington’s Spies), Reece Shearsmith (Chasing Shadows), Rufus Jones (Hunderby), James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones), Tim Key (Inside No 9), Amit Shah (Silent Witness), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary), along with another international guest star, Australian actor Christiaan Van Vuuren (Soul Mates).
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Jim Field Smith (Episodes) is the series’ producer and directer as well as co-creator and co-writer with George Kay (The Tunnel). And Myfanwy Moore is the executive producer for this BBC In-house Comedy production in association with Idiotlamp.
Said Field Smith, “I can’t believe this fantastic roster of talent is joining us for seven weeks of hell in the Highlands, and can only assume they haven’t read the scripts properly.”
Added Moore, Controller of UK Comedy Production at BBC, “Jim and George have created a rip roaring comedy thriller – and we’re delighted that such a fabulous cast have agreed to join in on what will no doubt be a terrifyingly funny ride.”
Filming of Stag has begun on location in Scotland.