Faroe Islands: Nordic film stars cast in first crime/drama series filmed in the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands: Nordic film stars cast in first crime/drama series filmed in the Faroe Islands

NordenBladet – The Faroe Islands’ biggest film production ever will feature high profile names in film. Actors Ulrich Thomsen (The New Pope, 2020; Blacklist, 2016), Maria Rich (Follow The Money, 2018) and Olaf Johannesen (The Bridge, 2015) will star in the crime/drama series called TROM, adapted from the bestselling book-series by award-winning Faroese author, Jógvan Isaksen. TROM is the first series to be produced in the Faroe Islands.

The six-part series is created and co-written by Torfinnur Jákupsson from the Faroe Islands. He has been a fan of the actors for years.

“Having such well known and gifted actors in the series is a life-long dream come true,” says Torfinnur. “Everything just seems that much bigger with them on board.”

TROM follows journalist Hannis Martinsson (Ulrich Thomsen), who unexpectedly receives a message from Sonja, his estranged daughter, claiming that her life is in danger. Reluctantly returning home to the Faroes to investigate, Hannis discovers Sonja’s body in the aftermath of a whale hunt. His search for answers soon brings him into conflict with the local police and uncovers a web of secrets in the close-knit community – but how far is he willing to go to learn the truth?

Shooting will start in March and will last for around three months. Covid has impacted the production of TROM in the same way all film and television productions in the world have been affected.

“Producing film is a puzzle, and Covid has, of course, affected how that puzzle has been put together,” says Torfinnur. “All health guidelines are being followed and will be respected.”

TROM is produced by REinvent Studios in co-production with Kyk Pictures, Truenorth and ZDF/ARTE.

Helene Aurø, Sales and Marketing Director at REinvent International Sales, says:​ ​“TROM will travel far and has already caught the attention of several international buyers. ZDF ARTE came on board after the first pitch. I have very high expectations for the series, which I am sure will position itself among the most popular Nordic series ever produced.

TROM will air as a Viaplay original series, the Nordic region’s leading streaming company, in 2022.

Words: Levi Hanssen
Photo: TROM/Kykmyndir


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