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Yellow Bird kicks off new Wallander film series

The Troubled Man to get theatrical release in early 2013, with five more thrillers going straight to TV/home entertainment.

After Millennium and Headhunters, Swedish production outfit, Yellow Bird, returns to a faithful employee, Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander: yesterday Swedish director Agneta Fagerström-Olsson started principal photography for The Troubled Man, which will launch a $14.1 million package of six Wallander films, with Krister Henriksson in the lead.

Produced by Malte Forssell and Jon Mankell, in collaboration with Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 and Germany’s ARD Degeto, the thriller will be theatrically released early 2013 by Swedish major, Svensk Filmindustri, while the following five will go straight to home entertainment and television.

“This will be my 10th and definitely last Wallander novel,” said Swedish author Henning Mankell, when The Troubled Man was published in 2009. Now a grandfather, trying to get closer to her daughter Linda and her family, Wallander is taken back to the Cold War when a retired commander – Linda’s father-in-law – suddenly disappears.

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“It will be a totally different Wallander film - it will deal with one of the biggest political scandals in Sweden. And I am glad Henriksson is on the job again,” he added. The Swedish actor has so far played the detective in 26 films, 2005-2006 and 2008-2010; UK actor-director Kenneth Branagh has signed nine episodes for his series about the Ystad police investigations.

The cast for The Troubled Man includes Charlotta Jonsson (as the inspector’s daughter), Peter Andersson, Steen Ljunggren, Marika Lindström, Ingvar Hirdwall and Lo Kappi. Fagerström-Olsson has previously directed two Wallander films, The Sniper and The Angel of Death, adding the Hammarkullan TV series.

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