Mads Mikkelsen will star in an epic period drama called “King’s Land” and will reunite with “A Royal Affair” director Nikolaj Arcel, making it Arcel’s first film since “A Royal Affair” in 2012.
“King’s Land” (working title) is co-written by Arcel and Danish screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (“Riders of Justice”) and is based on the 2020 Danish bestseller “The Captain and Ann Barbara.” And Mikkelsen will join the cast of Amanda Collin, who stars in Ridley Scott’s HBO Max drama series “Raised By Wolves” and 2017’s “A Horrible Woman.”
Arcel’s film adaptation will be a drama about the conquest of the Danish wasteland and is the story of a proud and uncompromising man and a woman who become his ally in the fight against evil, death and doom. Here is the full synopsis:
In the mid-1700s, the Danish King Frederik V declared that Jutland’s wild moors must be tamed, cultivated and colonized so that civilization could spread and generate new taxes for the royal house. However, no one dared to follow the King’s decree. The heath meant certain death: a place forsaken by God, haunted by ravenous wolves, highwaymen and a brutal and unforgiving nature. But in the late summer of 1755, a lone soldier named Ludvig Kahlen set out into the heath in a dogged pursuit of a lifelong dream, determined to achieve his goal: the heath would bring him the wealth and honor he had long sought. …or make the best of it.
Principal photography is expected to begin in September in Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic. And the film is expected to be released locally in Denmark in 2023.
Zentropa is producing the film on an estimated budget of €8m and it is expected to be the Danish production company’s biggest film in years. TrustNordick has also taken over the film to handle international sales.
“King’s Land” is produced by Louise Vesth (“Melancholia”, “The Kingdom Exodus”), who is the only producer in Denmark to have produced five Danish feature films in this decade, all selling more than 700,000 tickets locally.
“Nikolaj Arcel and I had a wonderful collaboration on ‘A Royal Affair’ and I am beyond excited to work with him once again. He has an amazing vision for the film, and he and Anders Thomas have written an amazing script. The brutality and tenderness of it moved me deeply when I first read it,” Mikkelsen said in a statement. “It is an important and fascinating chapter in Danish history that is about to be adapted for the screen, and it touches on issues that are still relevant to this day. Plus, it’s an exciting story and quite an adventure.”
“With ‘King’s Land,’ we will make a stunning, modern, epic film that embraces the darkness, humor, helplessness, blood, sweat, and madness of history and takes a closer look at the indefatigable pioneers of the wasteland and their enemies. . Arcel added.
Mikkelsen recently starred in “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” as the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.