Kenneth Brannagh is coming to Southern Sweden. The award winning actor is gearing up to play fictional Swedish detective Kurt Wallander on films made for the BBC 1. Three ninety minute films based on Henning Mankell's bestselling crime novels will be made in 2008. All three films will be shot in Ystad a small 13th century port in the south of Sweden.
According to Mankell's production company Yellow Bird, the Academy Award-nominated actor got in touch with them last year requesting to play the title role. The Observer ran an article on the prospect of the Wallander books being made into English films 18months ago.
Branagh said: "Wallander is a wonderfully complex and compelling character and I am excited to be playing this fascinatingly flawed but deeply human detective,"
Mankell's books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, giving the dramas big global potential. The novels which will be adapted include Sidetracked , Firewall, and One Step Behind.
Production is set to start this spring and will go throughout the summer.
Kurt Wallander fan site
Ystad Tourist guide to Kurt Wallander