Lars von Trier will shoot the long-hoped-for third and final season of his famed TV show The Kingdom in 2021, with the five new 60-minute episodes titled The Kingdom Exodus.
The Kingdom had been a hit for Danish public broadcaster DR in 1994 and 1997, telling the story of the battle between good and evil in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet.
There were eight episodes across series 1 and 2 (which have now been restored), and the project was also released as a feature film in some territories; von Trier had long planned to do a third season.
The new season – which will premiere in 2022 – is backed by streaming service Viaplay, DR and Zentropa with financial support from Film i Väst, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Creative Europe/MEDIA. Zentropa Sweden and Ginger Pictures are co-producing. The tax shelter is provided by BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance.
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As with the previous seasons, von Trier has written the scripts in collaboration with Niels Vørsel. The cast is yet to be announced but the new series will include “a mixture of well-known characters from earlier seasons as well as new characters.” Two of the prominent actors from the first two seasons, Ernst-Hugo Järegård and Kirsten Rolffes, both passed away.
Von Trier’s longtime producer Louise Vesth produces for Zentropa Entertainments.