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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson to star as Iceland’s Prime Minister in new TV series

The Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who we know and love from the Icelandic noir series Trapped, will star as his country’s Prime Minister in a new political series being produced by Sagafilm.

Called The Minister, the series will follow Benedikt Rikhardsson (Ólafsson), who takes a unique approach to politics that earns him to support from Icelanders and leads him to becoming Prime Minister. However, Benedikt is bipolar, and as his illness becomes more severe, his team and allies are forced to endanger the stability of the government and, as is tradition with Nordic TV, their private lives. Some choose to fight the illness, while others decide to take advantage of it for their own gain.

Since Trapped, Ólafsson has gone on to have a successful international career, most notably playing a major part in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film.

Birkir Blær Ingólfsson, Björg Magnúsdóttir and Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson wrote the script.

The Minister will start filming in Iceland in spring 2019. No international release has been announced.

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.