Nikolaj Arcel’s Epic Drama ‘The Bastard’ Assembles Stellar Nordic Cast for Zentropa

Nikolaj Arcel’s Epic Drama ‘The Bastard’ Assembles Stellar Nordic Cast for Zentropa

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Zentropa Entertainments has revealed the full cast of Nikolaj Arcel’s new epic historical drama “The Bastard” (previously known as the working title “King’s Land”). The movie has just started shooting.

Along with Mads Mikkelsen and Amanda Collin (“Raised by Wolves”), Simon Bennebjerg (“Borgen”) stars as Frederik de Schinkel, the local landowner and nemesis of Mads Mikkelsen’s character Ludvig Kahlen. Norwegian actress Kristine Kujath Thorp (“Ninjababy,” “Sick of Myself”) plays Frederik de Schinkel’s cousin Edel Helene, who is caught up in a deadly game between Shinkel and Kahlen of power and love. The cast also includes European Shooting Star winner Gustav Lindh (“Riders of Justice”) who will play Pastor Anton Eklund, Kahlen’s unlikely ally.

Other cast members include Jakob Lohmann (“Riders of Justice”), Morten Hee Andersen (“Ride Upon the Storm”), Magnus Krepper (“Queen of Hearts”) and Felix Kramer (“Dark”).

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The film is considered Zentropa’s biggest feature film in years and has already been pre-sold to the US (Magnolia Pictures), Germany (PLAION PICTURES), France (The Jokers Films), Benelux (September Films) and Hungary (Vertigo Media).

The new project is written by Arcel together with acclaimed Danish screenwriter and director Anders Thomas Jensen (“Riders of Justice”) and is based on the 2020 Danish bestseller ‘Kaptajnen og Ann Barbara’ (translated ‘The Captain and Ann Barbara’). Produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments.

Arcel’s film adaptation becomes a gripping drama about the conquest of the Danish moors. In the mid-18th century, Danish King Frederick V declared that Jutland’s wild moors should be tamed, cultivated, and colonized so that civilization could spread and new taxes levied on the royal family.

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