Scandinavians in Hollywood, part 3

With more and more genre films coming from Scandinavia and the Nordic region, Hollywood is getting a taste of fresh new talent and has hired both directors and actors for major upcoming projects.

Here’s a look at some Scandinavians who you can see on the small or big screen – mostly the big screen, actually – this fall or in the coming year. It’s not just a coincidence that Norwegian, Swedish and Danish actors and actresses are getting out and about these days; our genre cinema has never been stronger, and when actors bring concioussness about Nordic films to Hollywood, it may lead to a bigger interest in our own projects. One day, maybe Steven Spielberg will want to direct a film about the wither, the mare or the hulder?

Silje Reinåmo
The Norwegian cutie (b&w pic) who impressed everyone as Thale this year is also starring in the sci-fi adventure Patriot Act, directed by Wayne Slaten who previously helmed Backroad this year. Patriot Act is about Kane, a retired member of The Legion, a hit squad responsible for the extinction of an alien race. Set in a future communist America, Kane must now hunt a renegade alien intent on killing the former members of his team. Reinåmo says this about the part: “I can say that I am playing the part as Kate, and that the director Wayne Slaten saw Thale at SXSW and cast me.” Patriot Act has a budget of 6.7 million dollars and is scheduled for release in November 2013.

Stellan Skarsgård
He is probably the most famous Swede in Hollywood right now, and has no less than seven movies lined up for 2013, including Thor: The Dark World and The Physician, set in Persia in the 11th Century, where a surgeon’s apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

Dolph Lundgren
This tall Swede is one of the busiest action stars in Hollywood, even though many of his films are not made there per se. He began his career with Rocky 4 and Masters of the Universe in the mid 80s, and more recently is known for the Universal Soldier series and the two Expendables. He’s got seven movies coming out in 2012 and another four in the making for 2013, including Tomb of the Dragon (a team travels to China on a mission to capture a Cryptid which is wreaking havoc in a remote village, and they need to do this before it is killed by Harker, the legendary bounty hunter) with Scott Adkins, and Battle of the Damned (following a deadly viral outbreak, private military soldier Max Gatling leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected). Out right now is Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning with Jean Claude van Damme, which opens in October and November throughout the world.

Peter Stormare
This busy Swede outperforms both Stellan and Dolph, with nine movies coming out in 2013, including Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters which is directed by Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, and The Last Stand, a contemporary action-western with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville.

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
This blonde Norwegian actress is a relatively new star. She had a lead in Cold Prey, can now be seen in Hellfjord on TV and is trying to Escape in the medieval action film that premieres in Norway this fall. She has been noticed by Hollywood as well and has a major role in Chernobyl Diaries which premiered this summer around the world. A group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme” tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. The DVD is out now.

Kristofer Hivju
An up-and-coming Norwegian is this bearded man who had a small role in the remake of The Thing, but he’s got a recurring role in the third season of Game of Thrones in 2013, and also a role in After Earth against Will Smith. After a crash landing, a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1000 years earlier. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, also set for 2013.

Malin Åkerman
A true Swedish blonde, you may have seen her in The Heartbreak Kid, Watchmen, The Proposal, or this year’s Rock of Ages. She has no less than 11 films or TV projects coming up, including porn biopic Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story.

Tomas Markussen
Completely unknown so far, but possibly the next action star from Scandinavia, is Tomas Markussen (aka Tom Norseman) who acted in TV shows Burn Notice and Charlie’s Angels in 2011. Markussen is a martial artist who moved to USA in 2008 with a plan to break into movies. He started training martial arts when he was five, including under one of the Hong Kong masters who trained Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Markussen is also a fight choreographer, stuntman and free runner with 15 years of experience from Paris.

Noomi Rapace
You have seen this Swede in Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows and Prometheus, but in 2012 you will also see her in Brian De Palma’s thriller Passion, and with Colin Farrell in the crime feature Dead Man Down. She may also appear in the sequel to Prometheus, when and if that is launched.

Ola Rapace
Yes, he is the ex-husband of Noomi, but has his own acting career and you can see him this fall as a baddie in the James Bond adventure Skyfall, and next year he is the lead in Last Resort, a futuristic actioner in which two young men escape civil war in America, and end up on a paradise island. Finding a mysterious civilization of teenagers, they are swept up in a world of sex, drugs and 24 hour partying. But the threat from the mainland is ever present and creeps closer by the day. Granted, this film is an Australian production, but who cares, it’s not a kitchen sink drama from Sweden! In the same film, you can also see Joakim Nätterqvist, another Swede, known for playing Arn in the epic action films of he same name.

Mads Mikkelsen
This Danish actor has been acting in American movies for a decade now, and his most memorable part was that of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, the Bond film. Since then his career has gone straight up, and from 2013 on he is to be seen in Hannibal (TV series), The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, and the Western The Stolen.

Viggo Mortensen
His father was Danish and met his (American) mother in Norway, but Viggo was born in New York. He has been acting in American movies and TV since the mid 80s and has a number of films coming out soon, including The Last Voyage of Demeter which follows the ill-fated crew aboard the merchant ship Demeter which carried Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England only to arrive at port with no survivors aboard.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
The Danes seem to have a firm grip on Hollywood, like this handsome dude who in 2001 began his US career with a role in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. In 2013 you can see him in Game of Thrones season three, and opposite Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise in Oblivion, in which a court sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. You will also soon see him in the Spanish horror film Mama.

And the others…
Then there are also Swedish actors such as Joel Kinnaman (Knight of Cups and the remake of Robocop), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood and the upcoming Hidden), Michael Nyqvist (Europa, a sci-fi adventure), Max von Sydow (Dragons 3D) and Mikael Persbrandt (the Hobbit trilogy).

Don’t forget our directors round-up and our first article about Scandinavians in Hollywood.

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