The Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen will potentially star in a new television series about Vidkun Quisling, who was a Norwegian Nazi supporter during the Second World War.
Quisling is famous for founding the fascist party National Union and for supporting the actions of Hitler in Germany. It is believed that when Quisling met Hitler in 1939, he asked for Hitler’s help with a pro-German coup in Norway. When Norway was occupied during the Second World War, Quisling attempted to seize power in the world’s first coup d’etat, but failed after the German’s refused to support his government. From 1942 to 1945 he served as the Prime Minister of Norway, heading the Norwegian state administration jointly with the German Josef Terboven. His pro-Nazi puppet regime was known as the Quisling Regime. Quisling collaborated with Nazi Germany and developed a close relationship with Hitler. When the war ended, Quisling was found guilty of embezzlement, murder, and high treason. He was executed by firing squad at Akershus Fortress in Oslo on the 24th of October.
Today, the word ‘quisling’ has become a byword for collaborator or traitor in several languages.
The television series will take viewers on the losing side of the Second World War through the story of Quisling.
Quisling is being produced by Viacom, the same team behind the hit Netflix series Norsemen. The project is still in development.