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Sweden's Persbrandt signs up for Hobbit role

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 3 Dec 2010, 12:35

Published: 03 Dec 2010 12:35 GMT+01:00

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47-year-old Persbrandt is set to feature in Peter Jackson's new filmatization of the J.R.R. Tolkien book "The Hobbit", which is in fact a literary prequel to the celebrated trilogy.

According to an unnamed Aftonbladet source, Persbrandt's role remains unclear but it will have a "Nordic" connection, and it is reported that he has already fitted his clothing for the part.

Mikael Persbrandt, perhaps best known for his role as Gunvald Larsson in the Beck films, will thus become the latest of a string of Swedish actors making the step to Hollywood. Known as something of a tough guy, both privately and publicly, Persbrandt has long stated ambitions to move into English language film.

The rugged 47-year-old received praise for his portrayal, in Susanne Bier's latest epic "In a Better World", of Anton - a doctor dividing his time between an idyllic town in Denmark and an African refugee camp.

In January 2009 he won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a leading role, for his part in "Everlasting Moments".

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Persbrandt's work on "The Hobbit" is scheduled to take place over a couple of weeks in the beginning of 2011, according to Aftonbladet, with the film's US premier set for December 2012.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:56 December 3, 2010 by Rishonim
I would think the role of a Orc or Uruk Hai would best suit him ;-)
16:10 December 3, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
QUOTE: "a doctor dividing his time between an idyllic town in Denmark and an African refugee camp".

Denmark is a state while Africa is a continent and all of it is not a refugee camp (be more specific rather than throw your blanket of ignorance over the continent).

Improve your journalism, it is in part meant to educate the reader not confuse them.
17:02 December 3, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
"According to an unnamed Aftonbladet source, Persbrandt's role remains unclear but it will have a "Nordic" connection, and it is reported that he has already fitted his clothing for the part."

I guess even in the realm of fantasy one can't be too careful in making sure you always display your ethnicity as a "pure" Swede, huh? Wouldn't want to be confused with the riff-raff. Geez, can we not have one article that doesn't display the boundaries between immigrants and Swedes? Why the emphasis on making sure the Swedish actor posterboy has a "Nordic" connection in a fantasy world?
19:05 December 3, 2010 by stillwatersrd
Those glasses . . . so 70's.

And don't throw the past away

You might need it some rainy day

Dreams can come true again

When ev'rything old is new again
19:20 December 3, 2010 by mjennin2
@ISayWhatPeopleThink: Because this movie - which likely will be widely viewed in America - will be seen by vast scores of people who know nothing about sweden, let alone their immigration issues. To the common person who has no knowledge of nordic nations, best to stick to common stereotypes so as to more easily convey the director's character role intentions. The average person thinks of a nordic person as caucasian, blond haired blue eyed. Is it so difficult to imagine that a director would cater to these widely held assumptions for the sake of making a role more easily understood? This isn't about race at all. People need to chill out.

As for journalism, not sure why they called The Hobbit a sequel to LOTR when it is clearly a prequel, as also denoted later in the article.
20:14 December 3, 2010 by Anmiga
@ adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com

Even though it doesn't specify what African country he's in in that one movie, it's not really that important for the article, is it?
20:14 December 3, 2010 by Thrombo
The Hobbit is a prequal to the book but will be a sequal to the movie
22:00 December 3, 2010 by mjennin2
Hate to be a nit-picker, but you gramamtically cannot use prequel and sequel that way. The definition of a sequel is "a story whose events take place later in the same imagined history as a certain other story". And for prequel, change out "later" for "earlier", essentially.

The Hobbit will never be a sequel to LOTR, despite it coming out in theatres after LOTR. It will always be a prequel, because we are referring to the content and timeline of the actual story, and not real life movie release dates. The only way it could be a sequel is if the content was entirely rearranged to appear as though the evnets in the movie are occuring AFTER the LOTR events. But then it would be an entirely different movie altogether, eh?
15:58 December 4, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Considering the topic. The comment thread was bound to degenerate to exactly the place that Thrombo and mjennin2 took it. Congrats! When's the next convention?
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