Norwegian director Erik Poppe has found his royal family for The King’s Choice (Kongens nei – Tre døgn i april) – his new historical drama, which will shoot again from February. Nordisk Film Distribusjon will launch the result in the autumn.
Facing a tough choice
Danish actor Jesper Christensen will be King Haakon VII and Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen Crown Prince Olav, who were in the afternoon of 8 April, 1940, facing a demand of capitulation from Nazi Germany, and a passive local Government. The King’s Choice follows the first three days of the German invasion and the sinking of the heavy cruiser Blücher – how the King stood up against the German superiority, how “real events which turned a brave man into the people’s King”
Christensen and Christiansen
Scripted by Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, the film will be produced by Stein B Kvae and Finn Gjerddrum, for Paradox, who filmed the the battle at the Oscarsborg Fortress and the end of Blücher in April last year.
Christensen, who was the villaneous Mr White opposite Agent 007-James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, has performed in more than 100 films, directed by ao Lars von Trier, John Madden, Sydney Pollack, Jan Troell, and Jean-Marc Vallée.
Christiansen, who was in Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning’s Golden Globe and Oscar nominated Kon-Tiki (2012), is the first Norwegian actor to receive all four local acting prizes – the Hedda, the Amanda, the Cannon and three times the Gullrute.
Director Erik Poppe most recently received three Amandas – Norway’s national film prize, including for Best Film – adding the Special Jury Grand Prix in Montreal, for A Thousand Times Goodnight (2013), starring French actress Juliettte Binoche and Danish actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau.