NENT Group orders new crime drama Viaplay Original Cell 8


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РThe show, based on the international bestseller of the same name by Anders Roslund and B̦rge Hellstr̦m, will be directed by Johan Brisinger

Actor Leonard Terfelt, author Anders Roslund and actress Mimosa Willamo (© Johnny Wohlin / Viaplay)

NENT Group announced the creation of a new Viaplay Original series. The police drama, titled Cell 8, is based on Swedish writers Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstromthe international bestseller of the same name. Hailed for their high level of realism and meticulous research, the writers’ duo’s books have been translated into 36 languages.

Cell 8 is their second novel to become a Viaplay Original, after the success Box 21. In it, a man presumed dead is arrested on a ferry between Sweden and Finland, throwing detectives Mariana Hermansson (played by Mimosa Willamo) and Ewert Grens (Leonard Terfelt) into a series of mysterious and increasingly dark events. The case soon reveals a personal connection not only to Hermansson herself, but also to a death row inmate in the United States and a grieving relative consumed in a quest for revenge. What’s more, Kristofer Kamiyasu will play a supporting role. Additional actors will be announced in due course. The adaptation of the book in this six-part series was written by Dennis Magnusson (the TV series Box 21).

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Johan Brisinger is attached to direct. The Stockholm-born coxswain is best known for his work on the NENT series Thicker than water (2020), and its characteristics I love you – A Divorce Comedy [+see also:
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Commenting on the project, NENT Group Chief Content Officer Philippe Wallestam said, “Roslund and Hellström’s storytelling is renowned the world over, for good reason. They have the infallible gift of turning social issues into unforgettable human faces, horrors of trafficking. Box 21 and now the moral complexities of the death penalty in Cell 8. Our latest adaptation is a perfect fit for Viaplay as we accelerate our international expansion. “

Roslund added: “The novel Cell 8 has always been one of my favorite children and those of Börge. It’s crime, thriller and social commentary at the same time. A serial adaptation, or a new interpretation by different eyes, is like watching this child grow up.

The Swedish-language series is produced by Rachel Bodros Wolgers and Karl Fredrik Ulfung for Denmark Miso movie, with Jon petterson as executive producer for NENT Group.

The series should be broadcast exclusively on Viaplay in 2022. Fremantle International is in charge of its international distribution.

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