Netflix announced today its latest Original series from Denmark: Chosen, a drama from the creators of the hit Danish series The Rain.
Jannik Tai Mosholt and Christian Potalivo are the duo behind The Rain, one of the most watched non-English-language Netflix series to date, and the upcoming Netflix Original series Elves. Their third drama for the international streaming service, which is ramping up its Danish production slate, is Chosen.
Set in the outskirts of Denmark, Chosen is a thrilling and absurd coming-of-age sci-fi story about teenage life with social pressure, secrets, lies, and identity. It follows a young girl whose reality is suddenly turned upside down — when everything she thought she knew turns out to be wrong and she realizes the world isn’t as safe and blissful as she thought.
Emma has always felt different from anyone else in Middelbo, a small Danish town that became world famous when it was said that a meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere and crash-landed here seventeen years earlier. But Middelbo is no longer what it had been, and the question is whether it ever was what it pretends to be.
When Emma accidentally discovers that the whole story of the meteor is a lie, a dangerous and improbable truth about the sleepy town reveals itself — something far more perilous and incredible than she could have ever imagined. Was it a meteor or actually something much more powerful that hit the little town nearly two decades ago? With this realization, Emma is forced to accept that she is on her own and that friends and society will not save her when she needs them the most.
Said series creators and Executive Producers Christian Potalivo and Jannik Tai Mosholt:
“We have always been fascinated by people’s fear of the unknown and the strange. It is a powerful driving force in our humanity, and often we as humans are more concerned about what separates us than what actually binds us together, which served as inspiration for this show. We have a strong passion to shed light on what it is that creates young adults’ identities — the struggle with love and hope, the eternal doubt and search for who you are and what is needed to fit in and feel that you belong.
“The Rain was a fantastic opportunity to tell stories in a genre we rarely experience in Scandinavia, and our collaboration with Netflix has been a pleasure that has only grown bigger and stronger over the years. Therefore, it was natural that Netflix was the right partner for Chosen, and the perfect place to develop and tell a story that is universal, has the sci-fi genre as a driving force, but also draws on our own lives and Danish themes.”
Added Tesha Crawford, Director Nordics Original Series at Netflix:
“We could not be happier to once again team up with Christian and Jannik who have proven to not only be very talented creators but also amazing partners to collaborate with. This story is pushing the boundaries of what one can expect of the sci-fi genre and at the same time will have the similar strong character driven storytelling as The Rain – which captivated audiences in Denmark and beyond.”
Produced by Mosholt and Potalivo’s Tall and Small production company, the six-part series is expected to start production this year in Denmark.
Chosen, a Netflix Original series, will debut globally exclusively on Netflix (date tba). You can set a reminder for it now at www.netflix.com/netflixchosen.
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