Mikkel Boe Følsgaard to star as boxer in new film

Danish actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (The Legacy, Rosita, Summer of 92, Land of Mine) is set to play the Danish boxer Jørgen Hansen in a biopic titled The Greatest Man.

Hansen won the title of European champion in welterweight nine times in the 1970s and was one of Denmark’s finest boxers. The film will focus on a man who manages to fight his inner demons and become a living legend, with the unfailing support of his wife.


This is the second recent boxing biopic coming out of the Nordic region  with the Finnish film The Happiest Day in the  Life of Olli Mäki, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes.

Also in the film are Lene Maria Christensen (The Legacy) who plays his wife, and Søren Malling (everything including The Killing) is boxing promoter Mogens Palle.

Filming starts on the 11th of July and is produced by Nimbus Film in co-production with Croatia’s Mainframe Production and Iceland’s Pegasus Pictures.

Nordisk Film Distribution will release the film domestically on the 17th of June 2017.

Photo: Rasmus Heise / Nordisk Film & TV Fond


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.