Lars Mikkelsen (“House of Cards”) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (“Riders of Justice”) have joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s cult classic hospital series “The Kingdom.”
The third and final season of the series, which began in the 1990s, will be shooting until the end of the summer.
Von Trier has already reunited several members of the series’ original cast, including Bodil Jørgensen, Ghita Nørby (“Silent Heart”), Nicolas Bro, Peter Mygind (“Last Christmas”) and Søren Pilmark (“Downsizing”).
Produced by Zentropa, NENT and DR, the iconic series is about the good and the evil at Copenhagen’s leading hospital, also known as The Kingdom. Mikkelsen will play a chief physician who is extremely afraid of conflicts, while Lie Kaas will star as burnt out resident Filip Naver.
Besides Mikkelsen and Lie Kaas, other new cast members include Nicolas Bro (“Riders of Justice”) and Bodil Jørgensen (“In a Better World”) who will take on one of the leading roles as the sleepwalker Karen.
The series will follow Karen as she seeks answers to the unresolved questions of the series in order to save the hospital from doom. Sound asleep one night, Karen wanders into the darkness and inexplicably ends up in front of the hospital. The ghost stories about the hospital built on top of the old bleaching ponds in Copenhagen, where evil has taken roots and the medical science faces a daily struggle with itself, where the Swedes curse the Danes and the mysterious and inexplicable blend together in a mixture of horror and humor.
Von Trier has written the script in collaboration with Niels Vørsel, with whom he also wrote the previous seasons. Louise Vesth is producing for Zentropa Entertainments.
“The Kingdom Exodus” will consist of five episodes with an approximate duration of 60 minutes each and is expected to premiere in 2022.
The series is produced by Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with Film I Vast, Zentropa Sweden and Ginger Pictures. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.