After reaching international stardom with the hugely popular Game of Thrones, Kristofer Hivju is returning home to star in a new Norwegian series called Twin.
Hivju has been onboard in creating and developing the series, which he described to NRK as his “dream role”. In the series, the two identical twin brothers Erik and Adam live completely different lives. Erik is a broke surfer bum and Adam is a successful family man and businessman. When Erik seems out his brother for the first time in fifteen years, a quarrel ends with Erik and Adam’s wife, Ingrid, accidentally killing Adam. To avoid getting arrested for murder and to save his brother’s family, Erik takes over Adam’s identity. It soon turns out that the biggest challenge is not getting caught – it’s pretending to be someone you’re not.
The series is still in its early stages, but they made the conscious decision to shoot the series in Lofoten due to the role the landscape will have. Lofoten has become a popular surfing destination in recent years, despite being above the Arctic Circle. “It can go from winter to summer quickly. The environment is extremely free, which makes it ideal for surfing. Simultaneously we wish to show the contemporary Norwegian family life, with all the duties and requirements. The contrast of the surfer’s relaxed life and the family life are so strong that Lofoten was important'” says the series creator, Kristoffer Metcalfe.
The series has travelled to Series Mania in Paris to be presented to the likes of Netflix, HBO and major producers and distributors. “The fact that we have come through the cracks as Norway’s first TV series that can be sold into the Series Mania, makes us confident that this is a series that can also succeed internationally”, says producer Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen in Nordisk Film Production.
Hivju is due to appear in at least the first episode of Game of Thrones this year, as well as the US film The Fate of the Furious, the latest edition in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Sadly no release date has been announced, but we hope it’s soon!