New biopic to be made about acclaimed Swedish author Stieg Larsson

A new documentary film/television series about the acclaimed Swedish author Stieg Larsson has been announced.

Titled The Man Who Played With Fire, the project will look into Larsson’s life and work. It was initially set to chronicle his work investigating the Olof Palme assassination, but will include the history of his most famous works, the Millennium books. It will contain re-enactments, archive material and more than sixty interviews.

Larsson had been researching and mapping the Swedish far-right for over thirty years, which made him rather unpopular for neo-Nazi supports, especially from the mid-1990s up until his death after a heart attack in 2004. At the time, Larsson was editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo, while pursuing a career as a crime novelist.

The film is by Henrik Georgsson and producers Mattias Nohrborg and Fredrik Heinig, who have been working on the project for more than two years.  They received access to the Expo archives, which contained, among other things, an investigation Larsson had been doing into the assassination of Olof Palme.

The Man Who Played With Fire will be released in Swedish cinemas in September. The film seems to want to influence the Swedish general elections, as Larsson had done a lot of research into the Swedish Democrats. Hopefully the filmmakers haven’t shadowed the documentary with too much of a political influence, and that the documentary will please fans of the Millennium series.

You can read more about the documentary via the Nordisk Film og TV Fond.

Source: Nordisk Film og 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.