The television adaptation of Lucky Per (Lykke Per) has its leading man!

The role will be filled by Esben Smed, who was one of the European Shooting Stars at the Berlin International Film Festival at the start of the year. Smed is known for his roles in Follow the Money (Bedrag), Summer of 92 (Sommeren 92) and Letters for Amina (Aminas Brev).

Denmark’s TV2 is adapting the literary classic Lucky Per by Nobel Prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan, which was published in eight volumes between 1898 and 1904. Considered to be one of the major Danish novels, Lucky Per tells the story of Per Sidenius as a self-confident, richly gifted man who breaks with his religious family in order to become an engineer and break with the constraints of his heritage and social background. However, at the height of his success, they catch up with him and force him to give up his career. The novel tackles themes of ‘luck’ and ‘happiness’, of which the Danish word lykke means both.

The television Lucky Per will be directed by Bille August, who is best known for his 1987 film Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren). The series is co-written by his son, Anders August. This is the most expensive drama project ever for TV2 and is not just a four-part miniseries, but will also be released as a feature film.

Lucky Per will air on Danish television in 2019.

Photo by Ulla Bjulver. Original source: Jyllands-Posten