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Leif GW Persson story to be adapted into television series

The acclaimed Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson has assisted in creating a new Swedish television series called Gone in Snow (Det som göms i snö in Swedish).

Gone in Snow is about Peter Wendel, who has just returned to the police force after sick leave. Wendel has been assigned as the head of the new Kalla Fall group, but is having difficulties recruiting members. The force becomes a place for investigators that the other departments do not want. At the same time, as is tradition with Nordic detectives, Wendel is struggling with himself. The case they have been assigned brings up Wendel’s repressed memories.

The Swedish actor Robert Gustafsson has been announced to be starring as Peter Wendel. This is a move away from Gustafsson’s usual comedic roles; he is best known as playing the 100-year-old man in The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and its sequel The 101 Year Old Man. Louise Peterhoff, Christopher Wagelin and La Langhammer also star in the series.

Leif G.W. Persson is known for his Evert Bäckström novels, the Jarnebring & Johansson novels, and for Anna Holt. The Bäckström novels follow homicide detective Evert Bäckström who is rude, lazy, overweight, racist, sexist and cynical, yet an excellent detective (so none of his negative qualities seem to matter). The novels were made into an American television series in 2015 titled Backstrom, with Rainn Wilson in the lead role. The show was cancelled after one season.

Gone in Snow will air on Kanal5 in Sweden from the 21st of August. No international release date has been announced.

CategoriesSweden Television
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.