‘The King’s Choice’ to have American theatrical release

The Norwegian WWII drama The King’s Choice will head to the big screen in the US with a theatrical release planned.

The film has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, who will give the film a theatrical release this August.

Directed by Erik Poppe, the film is based on the occupation of Norway. The King of Norway is forced to make a decision to either surrender or die at the hands of the Nazis. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, while King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav escape to a small farming area just outside a Norwegian village and meet the Germans head on. Does the king surrender? We won’t spoil it for you! (though you could just read up on Norway during World War II…)

The King’s Choice stars Jesper Christensen (one of Denmark’s best actors, known internationally for his role in Spectre, Casino Royale and as the crazy dad in The Legacy) and Anders Baasmo Christiansen (visible in almost every Norwegian film, best known for Kon-Tiki, In Order of Disappearance)

Poppe, a former journalist, gives The King’s Choice a real documentary feel and we loved it. You can read our five-star review here. Everyone in Norway loved it; the royal family even got a special screening both in Oslo and Toronto. 

The King’s Choice was among the films shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


The deal was negotiated by Beta Film on behalf of the filmmakers.

You can read our interview with Jesper, Anders and Erik Popp here. 


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.