Season two of TRAPPED to be more female-focused

The second season of the hit Icelandic crime series Trapped [+] will have more women behind the scenes, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond writes.

The highly loved crime author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir [+] and seasoned writer Margrét Örnólfsdóttir, who was a head writer on the latest Icelandic crime series Prisoners (we interviewed her here!), have joined the series. In addition to that, director Ugla Hauksdottir has also joined the team.

Sigurðardóttir and Örnólfsdóttir join head-writers Clive Bradley [+] and Sigurjón Kjartansson [+] to develop the ten-part season.

Ugla Hauksdottir was selected by the Fond as a 2016 Nordic Talent to Watch, and she will join the team of directors, including Baltasar Kormákur [+], who created the series, Óskar Thór Axelsson [+] and Börkur Sigþórsson.

Additionally, Kormákur’s long-time collaborator Agnes Johansen [+] serves as Executive Producer.

Trapped season two sees Ólafur Darri Ólafsson [+] reprise his role as Andri, the chief police inspector in a small, remote village. However, in season two he is back in Reykjavik working at his old job, when he is entrusted with a controversial and political case: an impoverished sheep farmer has set himself on fire in front of the capital’s government headquarters, trying to kill the Minister of Economic Affairs. Initial research leads Andri to a remote valley in the north of the island. The picturesque mountainous landscape turns out to be a place of bitter conflict: the local farmers are fighting against the interests of international business sharks, driving the expansion of a state-of-the-art geothermal centre.

The premise of the second season is drastically different from the first, with Kormákur telling the Fond that in season two people are trapped ‘psychologically’ rather than physically.

Kormákur is currently juggling many different projects. Here they are:

  • He is directing the English-language survival drama Adrift, which stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin
  • He is writing/directing an adaptation to the Icelandic novel Independent People by Halldór Laxness.
  • He is directing the supernatural thriller about an Icelandic volcano gone rogue, Katla
  • He is directing I am Victor, which is written by Jo Nesbø and is a thriller about Victor – a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce attorney. When he finds himself framed for a series of brutal murders, he embarks on his own investigation to find the killer.
  • He is producing a film called Red Fjords, in which Ishmael, a whaler aboard a Basque whaling ship, sets sail for Iceland. There, they unwittingly engage in illegal trade and come under attack.
  • He is directing the UK co-produced Viking, which tells of the Viking Age.
  • He is directing the TV series The Reykjavik Confessions, which is based on Iceland’s most dramatic crime story (and was the topic of the documentary Out of Thin Airwhich was released earlier this year).

Kormákur certainly is a busy man, and let’s hope that season two of Trapped is just as good as the first.

Here’s a photo that was uploaded to Baltasar Kormakur’s Facebook page, which shows Kormakur with Ugla Hauksdottir on the set of Trapped season two. Photograph by Lilja Jóns 

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.