Mads Mikkelsen is to star in Riders Of Justice, a dark comedy written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, which will be sold internationally by TrustNordisk.
Jensen is perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning In a Better World but has directed features including Men & Chicken, Adam’s Apples, The Green Butchers and Flickering Lights – all of which starred Mikkelsen.
The cast of his latest feature also includes Nikolaj Lie Kaas, star of the Department Q franchise, Lars Brygmann (That Time Of Year), Nicolas Bro (Adam’s Apples), Gustav Lindh (Queen Of Hearts), Roland Møller (Valhalla) and Andrea Heick Gadeberg (Daniel).
The story centres on deployed military man Markus, who has to return home to his teenage daughter when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. But when a passenger on the wrecked train surfaces with claims of foul play, Markus begins to suspect the accident may have been a carefully orchestrated assassination.
Produced by Danish outfit Zentropa, shooting on the €5.3m feature began this week.
Producers are Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Sidsel Hybschmann for Zentropa Entertainments3 in co-production with Film i Väst and Zentropa Sweden with support from the Danish Film Institute/ Market Scheme, FilmFyn, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Media Programme of the European Union, in collaboration with YouSee, TV2 Denmark, YLE and SVT.
The feature is being lined up for a December 2020 release in Scandinavia and TrustNordisk has an English-language script available for buyers.