Sundance winner Mads Matthiesen delves into the world of fashion in “The Model,” shooting for the next seven weeks in Paris, Warsaw and Copenhagen.
First-time actress Maria Palm teams up with Ed Skrein for Mads Matthiesen’s film about the glamour and temptations of the fashion world. Photo: Carole Bethuel
There is more of the beauty than the beast in Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming second feature film, “The Model”. The 140 kg bodybuilder Dennis of his debut feature “Teddy Bear,” winner of the directing award at Sundance Film Festival in 2012, is replaced by a young model, Emma, as the protagonist of his new film currenty shooting on location in Paris, Warsaw and Copenhagen.
“The Model” tells the story of emerging fashion model Emma who struggles to enter the Parisian fashion scene and develops a deadly obsession for male fashion photographer Shane White.
British actor Ed Skrein has been cast in the role as Shane White. Skrein is best known for his role as Daario Naharis in “Game of Thrones” and will next feature in the action movie “The Transporter Legacy,” set for release in spring.
“Ed is an excellent actor who possesses a dark side along with an amusing British charm which is exactly what I was looking for in the character of Shane,” says Mads Matthiesen.
As he did in his feature debut “Teddy Bear,” Matthiesen cast a non-professional actor for the role of his protagonist. Emma will be played by fashion model and first-time actress Maria Palm. As a model, Palm has done campaigns for Marc by Marc Jacobs and YSL as well as editorials for magazines such as Vogue, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar.
“The Model” is produced by Jonas Bagger for Zentropa with support from Danish Film Institute. TrustNordisk handles international sales. Domestic release is scheduled for spring 2015.