Mads Mikkelsen To Star In Period Epic ‘King’s Land’

Mads Mikkelsen is re-teaming with director Nikolaj Arcel for another historical drama. Having previously collaborated on 2012’s A Royal Affair, the duo will now team for period epic King’s Land, which Magnolia Pictures has just acquired the U.S. rights for.

Based on the Danish bestseller The Captain and Ann Barbara, the film is set in the mid-1700s and is being described as a gripping drama about the conquest of Danish heath. It revolves around the Danish King Frederik V who declared that “the wild heath of Jutland should be tamed, cultivated, and colonized so that civilization could spread and new taxes be generated for the royal house.”

Arcel penned the script alongside Anders Thomas Jensen, who also recently teamed with Mikkelsen on action-thriller Riders Of Justice. King’s Land will be Arcel’s first Danish film since A Royal Affair.

He helmed 2017 Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, in 2017.

Arcel said he “had the great pleasure of working with the amazing Magnolia team on A Royal Affair and is “beyond thrilled that they’ve boarded King’s Land at this early stage.” Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles added:

“We’re truly excited to be back in business with Nikolaj, Anders Thomas and Mads. This is a momentous project and we can’t wait to bring it to audiences.”

Mikkelsen will soon be seen in the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film, which is due next year, while he’s also recently signed on to star in Netflix spy thriller The Black Kaiser and cold war drama The Billion Dollar Spy.

Filming on King’s Land is expected to begin in early September and will shoot in Denmark, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


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