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Look which Swedish star’s joining House of Cards

Joel Kinnaman, one of Sweden's biggest actors, has been confirmed as a cast member for the hit US drama House of Cards.

Look which Swedish star's joining House of Cards
Joel Kinnaman is heading to Washington. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
The 36-year-old star, who has previously made waves in the US version of the Killing and in the Swedish thriller Easy Money (Snabba cash), will join the fourth season of the Netflix show, set in Washington.
 
His exact role in the Emmy-winning political programme has been kept under wraps, but tweets by Netflix US on Tuesday showed him locked in talks with lead character Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.
 
However rumours have already started circulating that he could hook up on screen with US actress Neve Campbell, who has also been confirmed as part of the new line-up for the drama.
 
The top role for Kinnaman comes ahead of the release of his much anticipated next crime movie, Suicide Squad, which sees a secret government agency recruit previously imprisoned supervillains to carry out dangerous underground missions for the state.
 
The film cast includes a host of huge global names, from US actor and singer Jared Leto to British model and Hollywood starlet Cara Delevigne, double Oscar winner Ben Affleck and all-round legend Will Smith.
 
It is due for global release in August, while House of Cards will be available on Netflix in March.

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Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller

Are you a fan of Scandinavian crime series? You're in for a treat.

Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller
Netflix and chill. Photo: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Netflix has ordered its first Swedish original series from one of the writers of worldwide hit 'The Bridge', capitalizing on the huge global appetite for Scandinavian noir television.

Adapted from the international best-seller by novellist Malin Persson Giolito, 'Quicksand' tells the story of a teenager on trial for murder after a mass school shooting in an affluent Stockholm suburb.

Published in 26 countries and voted Nordic Crime Novel of the year in 2016, the story has been adapted for TV by Camilla Ahlgren, the head writer on Danish-Swedish thriller 'The Bridge', and will go into production in 2018.

“Malin Persson Giolito's novel 'Störst av allt' ('Quicksand') is an original, fresh and suspenseful drama that we believe will make a fantastic Netflix series,” producer Pontus Edgren said in a statement.

“We asked one of Scandinavia's most respected writers, Camilla Ahlgren, to work with us and she was equally thrilled.”

Ahlgren said it would be “a great honour and challenge” to rework the thriller and love story about “guilt, responsibility, punishment and redemption” for TV.


Malin Persson Giolito with her novel 'Störst av allt'. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

The 'Scandi-crime' genre – sometimes known as 'Nordic Noir' – has produced numerous global hit shows and movies in recent years, including 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and its sequels, 'Borgen', 'Wallander' and 'The Killing'.

'The Bridge' (2011) – shown in over 100 countries and remade in both the US and in a British-French reworking called 'The Tunnel – begins with the discovery of a dead body exactly on the centre of the crossing over the Öresund Strait between Malmö and Copenhagen.

“Sweden has a tradition of great crime literature and series and we've been looking for something special in this area,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president of international original series.