Baltasar Kormakur announces cast for his anticipated adaptation

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has announced the cast for his adaptation of the novel Independent People, which is considered to be Iceland’s most acclaimed novel of the 20th century, Screen reports.

If you’ve seen Kormakur’s 2016 crime thriller The Oath, then perhaps the cast won’t surprise you so much.

In the leading roles are Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Trapped, Of Horses and Men) and Hera Hilmar (Life in a Fishbowl), two of Iceland’s most known actors.

Kormakur is adapting the script alongside co-writer and crime author Lilja Sigurdardottir. The novel is written by Nobel Prize-winner Halldor Laxness and is about the struggle of a sheep farmer and his spirited daughter. Presumably, Sigurdsson will play the farmer and Hilmar the daughter.

Independent People will be filmed by the end of 2019 or in 2020, depending on when Kormakur’s studios opens up. He recently did an interview with Screen about the studio, which you can read here. 

Baltasar vKormakur has been busy lately. After the release of his U.S. film Adrift, he has been putting the final touches on season two of Trapped, which will be broadcast in Iceland at the end of the year.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.