June 1, 2021 — Young Wallander will be back with a new case – launching on Netflix in 2022. Several new cast members were announced today, including ‘Tomiwa Edun and Lisa Hammond, along with first look images from the series.
Adam Pålsson (Moscow Noir, Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves) will return as Kurt Wallander, alongside Leanne Best (Black Mirror), Ellise Chappell (Poldark) and Yasen Atour (The Witcher: Season 2).
The new cast members joining the police force are ‘Tomiwa Edun (Merlin) as Superintendent Samuel Osei and Lisa Hammond (EastEnders) as Roberta Modin. Other new cast members include Josef Davies (The King), Lewis Mackinnon (Doctors) and Kim Adis (Get Even).
“I anticipate this new case to be even more vibrant, thrilling and gripping. We will go deeper and broader in the story and get to know Reza, Rask, Mona and other characters even more. It feels like we have found home now when we know the universe and characters better, what color palette to paint with and with which pencil,” says Adam Pålsson and continues:
“Jens Jonsson is confident, funny and enthusiastic as the director. And with Gaute Gunnari behind the camera everything looks insanely nice. Not to mention my fantastic co-actors… They knock my socks off every day! I feel very fortunate to be a part of this production and I’m really eager to soon present Young Wallander to the Netflix members all around the world.”
The English language drama is told over six new serialized episodes. Set in contemporary Sweden, Kurt Wallander is found adrift and uncertain of the future following his exit from the police force. An opportunity to re-join the Major Crimes Unit arises when a new Superintendent, Samuel Osei, takes on the leadership. Wallander accepts the offer and is tasked with what seems to be a straightforward case: a hit-and-run outside a nightclub.
However, when the victim is found to be connected to an infamous murder case handled by Frida Rask eight years ago, Wallander quickly suspects that there is more to this incident than meets the eye. Determined to uncover the truth, he refuses to back off – even when the investigation leads him to the door of those who could end his career in a heartbeat.
Young Wallander is based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling Kurt Wallander novels. The series is created by Yellow Bird UK, a Banijay Group company, who produced the Swedish Wallander franchise at TV4 as well as the successful BBC series Wallander from 2008. The series is directed by Jens Jonsson and Mani Maserrat and produced by Berna Levin and Marshall Leviten. Screenwriters are Chris Lunt and Michael A. Walker.
The new episodes of Young Wallander will launch exclusively on Netflix in 2022.
About the new cast
‘Tomiwa Edun trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and since graduating has enjoyed an extensive career across Film, TV and Theatre. Earlier this year ‘Tomiwa starred in the virtual production of Once Upon a Bridge at The Druid Theatre and also appears as series regular in BBC drama Merlin and features in Abi Morgan’s The Hour. He also recently starred in the Apple television series Trying.
Lisa Hammond is known for her role as Donna Yates in BBC’s hugely popular show EastEnders. Other credits include Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, Psychoville and Bleak House.
Josef Davies is a British actor, known from the Netflix film The King, directed by David Michôd. He has also been seen in for example 1917 (Universal), World on Fire (BBC1) and Shook (Trafalgar Studios).
Lewis’ most recent TV appearance was on the Canal+ Television feature Attrition, directed by Kelly Holmes. Other recent TV credits include a recurring role on Doctors, and playing the guest role of Scottish poet ‘William Beatie’ in the second series of ITV’s Victoria.
Kim Adis stars as the lead in BBC’s and Netflix Get Even and earlier this year wrapped on David Goyer’s highly anticipated Apple series Foundation. Last year, she starred in the feature film Act of God directed by Garrett Batty, and before that had her first principal role in interactive feature film The Complex, written by Lynn Renee Maxcy.
About Yellow Bird UK
Yellow Bird UK was launched in October 2017 and is led by Creative Director, Berna Levin. Based in central London, it is the UK sister company of Banijay Group’s high-end Swedish drama production company, Yellow Bird Entertainment.
Working with established and emerging British writers, Yellow Bird UK is focused primarily on developing and producing premium, English-language drama series for UK broadcasters, streaming and digital platforms.
Most recently, the business has closed options on Straight White Male by John Niven, Spotify Untold by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, and The Secret Woman by Anna Ekberg.
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