Denmark’s only superhero sets out on his last mission
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Ask Hasselbalch’s Antboy 3, featuring Paprika Steen as the new villain, will launch its shoot in Denmark and Germany on 15 July
Antboy – Denmark’s first superhero for the big screen – was born when 12-year-old Pelle was accidentally bitten by an ant, only to develop unimaginable powers.
Scripted by Anders Ølholm from Kenneth Bøgh Andersen’s children’s books, Danish director Ask Hasselbalch’s Antboy [+see also:
film profile], the first film about the character, was selected for Toronto, and its 2014 sequel, Antboy – Revenge of the Red Fury [+see also:
film profile], was selected for competition at Berlin. They both received the Danish Film Academy’s Robert Award for Best Film for Children and Youth Audiences, and were sold to more than 25 territories worldwide.
For the third and final instalment in the trilogy, Danish actress Paprika Steen will join the cast as the new villain, alongside Oscar Dietz as the superhero, Samuel Ting Graf, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Nicolas Bro, and new additions Cecilie Alstrup Tarp, Astrid Juncher-Benzon, Lærke Winther and Frank Thiel. Principal photography will take place in Copenhagen, on the Danish island of Funen and in Hamburg, starting on 15 July.
The summer has come to Middellund, where Pelle/Antboy is enjoying life with his girlfriend, Ida. His former enemy, Albert, has been released from prison and is now employed by Exofarm’s new CEO (Steen), but everything is not as it should be, and soon the superhero will head for the ultimate showdown.
"Antboy 3 [+see also:
film profile] will combine the charm and humour of the first film with the suspense and the effects of the second, providing a worthy ending to the trilogy. It is a reunion of many well-known characters, and some of them will reveal surprising new sides of themselves,” Hasselbalch explains. Lea Løbger is producing the family adventure-comedy for Nimbus Film together with Germany’s Junafilm and NDR, in collaboration with TV2 Danmark and C More Entertainment. SF Film has scheduled the Danish release for 2016.