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The Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård will star in a new Norwegian film called Hope, which is directed by Maria Sødahl.

The film, which is based on a true story, follows Anja, who comes home for Christmas after touring around the world with her dance company. Her companion, Tomas, their three children and other children from previous relationships are having a pre-Christmas celebration. Anja suddenly finds out she has a life-threatening brain metastasis. Her relationship with Tomas is put to the test as both try to find medical miracles.

Skarsgård will play Tomas, while Andrea Bræn Hovig will play Anja.

Hope is produced by Thomas Robsahm for Motlys, and is co-produced by Zentropa with support from the Norwegian Film Institute. TrustNordisk has picked up the film for world sales.

Hope will film in January next year, with the release date to be in October.

Source: Nordisk Film og TV Fond