Mikael Persbrandt to play Secretary-General in war thriller

Mikael Persbrandt

Just recently the news came through that Mikael Persbrandt left Sweden’s longest-running thriller series, Beck. He was set to perform as Beck’s trusted sidekick, Gunvald Larsson, in the eight concluding episodes. Instead, he will be written out after four and In Order of Disappearance/Force Majeure/Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju will play the new police officer.

However, you will be able to catch him in the the war thriller Jadotville, directed by Richie Smyth. Persbrandt is set to play the UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. But that’s not all – he will also join Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, UK director Guy Ritchie’s new version of the Sir Lancelot story, with Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou in the cast.

And then, skipping from the 6th century to the 20th, he will star alongside Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson in Swiss director Vincent Pérez’s World War II dramaAlone in Berlin, based on German author Hans Fallada’s novel.

Set in 1961, during the Congo crisis, Jadotville follows Irish general Pat Quinlan and his 150 troops, whom Hammarskjöld and the UN had sent to protect the city after Katanga’s breakaway. For six days and nights, they were attacked by 3,000 Congolese government soldiers who were supported by French and Belgian mercenaries hired by the mining companies.

The operation was to become Hammarskjöld’s last: on 18 September 1961, en route to ceasefire negotiations in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), he and his team were killed when their plane crashed near Ndola. Their Douglas DC-6 was not found until 15 hours after the accident; new theories suggest it was shot down. Hammarskjöld was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

According to Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper, principal photography for Jadotville has started, with Irish actor Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) starring as Quinlan and French actor Guillaume Canet (Tell No One [+], The Beach) appearing as a French commander with the government troops. The film will shoot in Ireland and South Africa.

In addition, you can click here to read the news about the upcoming Swedish Hammarskjöld biopic.

– Cineuropa

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.