3 Things you want to know about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish actor returns from Game of Thrones to play the lead in Jens Dahl’s feature debut
Both performing in the American HBO TV series Game of Thrones, and recently awarded a record number of 12 Emmys, Danish actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen will return to Denmark to play the leads in Danish writer-director Jens Dahl’s feature debut, 3 Things.
Dahl has been a screenwriter since 1996, when he collaborated with Nicholas Winding Refn on the script for Pusher; besides features, he has been the lead writer on numerous Danish TV series, most recently Lulu & Leon and Norskov, and he has also scripted his first film as a director.
3 Things is a thriller following a highly gifted explosives expert (Coster-Waldau), who – along with a gang of Serbian criminals – has stolen €8 million. At the last minute, to build a future for himself, he reports the crime to the police and enters a witness protection programme. He must stay at a hotel in Copenhagen until the trial starts, and he asks for three things from the police: that a woman named Camilla (Hjort Sørensen) be brought to him, as well as a particular package from a storage warehouse, and that he be served butter chicken from a take-away in suburban Valby.
The cast also includes Jacob Lohmann and Lærke Winther Andersen, and the film will be produced by Caroline Schlüter Bingestam and Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures and Danish commercial broadcaster TV2, with support from the Danish Film Institute. Scanbox Entertainment has scheduled the local release for 27 October 2016.
Coster-Waldau, who will also be executive producer, played with Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (2013) and with Cameron Diaz in Nick Cassavetes’ The Other Woman (2014); besides performing in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, he has two US features in post-production: Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt and Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller.
After several leading roles in Danish films and series – including Bille August’s Marie Krøyer [+see also:
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