Filming has begun on Netflix’s Young Wallander, a new contemporary series based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling Kurt Wallander novels and starring Adam Pålsson (Kurt Wallander), Richard Dillane (Superintendent Hemberg), Leanne Best (Frida Rask), Ellise Chappell (Mona) and Yasen Atour (Reza).
The English-language drama series is told over six episodes and focuses on the formative experiences – professional and personal – faced by Kurt as a recently graduated police officer in his early twenties.
Over the last two decades Mankell’s best-selling Kurt Wallander novels have served as source material for several beloved TV series and films in Sweden as well as in the UK.
The new Netflix original series Young Wallander is created by Yellow Bird UK, a Banijay Group company, and the original producer of the successful BBC series Wallander from 2008.
Adam Pålsson said: “I couldn’t be more honoured and thrilled to have the opportunity to play the young Kurt Wallander, and to explore the defining events in the life of this complex, driven protagonist, created by the brilliant Henning Mankell.
“With a terrific cast and creative team, I have every confidence that our new version will resonate both in Sweden and with audiences worldwide.”
Berna Levin, Creative Director, Yellowbird UK says: “In revisiting the beloved character of Kurt Wallander, we searched for an actor of great calibre and integrity.
“Someone who could carry the mantle previously worn by some of the most legendary actors of our time, honouring their brilliant past performances while also bringing in his own unique and contemporary take on this iconic role.
“Adam’s impressive body of work and uncompromising dedication to the role made him the obvious choice. Standing with an amazing cast, we have no doubt that together, they will take Wallander to new heights and enthral audiences all over again.”