Wallander is on the case again, in six new Mankell thrillers
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
04/06/2012 - Swedish actor Krister Henriksson (photo) has embarked on his third assignment as Ystad Detective Inspector Kurt Wallander - the lonely, slightly overweight, but excellent crime investigator - in an €11.3 milllion package of six thrillers based on Swedish author Henning Mankell's character.
Henriksson, who has played the role in 26 films shot between 2005-2006 and 2008-2010, was in the lead again when Swedish director Agneta Fagerström-Olsson last week (May 28) started principal photography for The Troubled Man, from Mankell's tenth and last Wallander novel.
Starring Charlotta Jonsson (as Wallander's daughter), Peter Andersson, Steen Ljunggren, Marika Lindström, Ingvar Hirdwall and Lo Kappi, The Troubled Man will be released theatrically, while the five following films will go straight to television-home entertainment.
The series will be produced by Malte Forssell and Jon Mankell for Swedish production outfit Yellow Bird, which also realised the previous Wallander thrillers as well as UK director-actor Kenneth Branagh's UK version of the Ystad police investigations, with nine installments so far aired by the BBC.
Also credited with Sweden's Millennium trilogy and Norway's Hodejegerne (Headhunters) [trailer], Yellow Bird will collaborate with Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 and Germany's ARD Degeto on the package, from which Swedish major, Svensk Filmindustri AB, will release The Troubled Man early next year.
In the film - "definitely my last Wallander, and very different, dealing with one of the biggest political scandals in Sweden", according to Mankell - the detective, now a grandfather, is trying to get closer to his daughter and her family, when her father-in-law, a retired commander, suddenly disappears.