Ulrich Thomsen tackles Danish football biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Kaspar Barfoed will direct the story of the underdog Danish football team that became Euro 1992 champions.
Ulrich Thomsen is set to star as Danish national football team coach Richard Moller Nielsen in Summer of ’92.
Kris Thykier’s London-based PeaPie Films and Meta Louise Foldager’s Copenhagen-based Meta Film are producing.
HanWay handles international sales excluding Scandinavia.
Kasper Barfoed will direct the story based on a script he wrote alongside Anders Frithiof August. The film tells the story of the underdog Danish national football team thatbecame the surprise Euro 1992 champions.
“I am extremely pleased that we have Ulrich Thomsen in the role of Richard Møller Nielsen,” said Barfoed. “Ulrich is one of the best actors we’ve ever had in Denmark and this role will show sides of him we have not seen before.
“Richard Moller contained warmth, humour, ambition and single-mindedness, and it takes a brave actor to embrace this role. I am also very much looking forward to presenting the rest of our strong cast which will consist of both our country’s biggest new talent and most experienced actors.”
Thomsen added: “Ricardo was a truly skilled trainer and a unique personality. He was pretty bad at communicating – with the players, with the press and with management. Therefore, he was often misunderstood, he was hated, and he fought against all odds – and almost against himself. That’s the character I want to play.”
Thomsen’s credits include HBO’s Banshee, The World Is Not Enough, Mortdecai, Brothers and The Celebration.
Barfoed’s last feature was 2013’s The Numbers Station.