nobody movie_Mads Mikkelsen’s King’s Land will be filmed in Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic

Photo credits: Christopher Aoun / Zentropa Nikolaj Arcel, Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin and Anders

A royal affair Director Nikolaj Arcel, will reunite with Mads Mikkelsen for the upcoming historical drama kingdom.

The film also stars Amanda Collin, who most recently starred in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi series Raised By Wolves for HBO Max.

The project was announced today (May 26) in Cannes and begins filming on September 5 Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The story takes place in the mid-17th century when the Danish King Frederik V declared that the wild moors of Jutland should be tamed, cultivated and colonized so that civilization could spread and bring in new taxes for royalty. But no one dared to go to this brutal country until a lonely soldier named Ludvig Kahlen appeared.

The film is being prepared for a fall 2023 release and will be released locally by TrustNordisk.

The project marks Arcel’s first Danish film in almost a decade and is produced by Zentropa, which also produces A royal affair which was sold in 80 countries, won two awards at the Berlinale in 2012 and was nominated for an Oscar.

The screenplay was co-written by Arcel with Anders Thomas Jensen, the writer and director of the Mikkelsen action drama Rider of Justice. They adapted it from the Danish bestseller The Captain and Ann Barbara.

The lead producer is Louise Vesth, one of the bosses at Zentropa and a long-time employee of Lars von Trier.

Co-producers are Zentropa Berlin and Zentropa Sweden in cooperation with TV2 Denmark, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SVT, Koch Films in co-production with Film i Väst with support from Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Media funding, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Czech Film Fund and Swedish Film Institute. Creative Europe MEDIA supported the development.

Budgeted at €8 million ($8.5 million), King’s Land is one of Zentropa’s biggest productions in years and has already sold out Germany (Koch Movies) France (The Jokers Films), Benelux (September Films) and Hungary (Vertigo Media). A script is available for international buyers.

Cannes launch

Mikkelsen, last seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore after a star turn in Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-winning film Another roundsaid he was drawn to both the story and the chance to reunite with Arcel after a decade.

The Danish actor said in Cannes today: “I loved every second of working with him, I loved the result, I loved preparing myself. I go with the things I like and care about, and if it’s family and old friends, that’s an easy choice.

Referring to the forthcoming feature film, Mikkelsen added: “What is so important about the heath in 1750? You want your children to survive. You want the country to expand, you want to have a nation. As a country, as a nation, it was extremely important – to be a strong nation, you had to make sure you could develop the country you lived in.”

Collin said she was looking forward to a change of pace, away from the otherworldly world Grew up with wolves to the “pagan Jutland 1758”. “Ann Barbara is a great character to explore as a woman in her time without accepting her place in society,” she added.

Director Arcel said he was drawn to both the characters and the unique time span. “We can’t even understand how massive the obstacles were and how literally every day you would die of hunger,” he said.

“I think the modern part of it is that the characters go on amazing journeys. This character’s tremendous drive and ambition is beyond imagination. I can identify with the dreams of some of these characters. It’s timeless.”

Co-writer Thomas Jensen said he wrote the screenplay with Mikkelsen in mind even before he was officially attached. “I love Mads as an actor, he’s the best,” he said. “It’s always a good story about a man who will die to achieve his goal. It has all the elements of great drama: love, death, battles, drama, even wolves.”

Producer Vesth noted that filming will be split between Denmark’s Jutland, the Czech Republic and Germany (including a studio shoot) for around eight weeks, explaining that the inclusion of international partners will “increase the amount of experience required when They have action, animals and a big set, heights, snow and rain.” She’s been building the production for at least a year.

Rasmus Videbaek (A royal affair) will be the cameraman and the editor will be Oliviér Bugge Coutté (The worst person in the world).

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