Entertainment12 November 2020
12 November 2020 - In October 2019 it was announced that Anxious People, the novel by bestseller author Fredrik Backman, will become a Swedish Netflix original series. The series will be produced by FLX, the production company behind Quicksand and newly released Love & Anarchy.
Production has recently started and today Netflix announces the cast. Alfred Svensson (The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Sunny Side) will play the lead role as Jack and his dad, Jim, is played by Dan Ekborg. The rest of the ensemble consists of: Leif Andrée, Sascha Zacharias, Carla Sehn, Petrina Solange, Marika Lagercrantz, Anna Granath, Per Andersson, Sofia Ledarp, Shima Niavarani, Lottie Ejebrant and Vera Herngren.
Anxious People is an unreasonably riotous comedy about a hostage drama during an open house. A failed bank robber locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a damn rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is...empty.
In a series of dysfunctional testimonies afterwards, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened, whereupon a classic puzzle mystery develops around the questions: How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And: What is WRONG with people these days?
Production company: FLX
Director: Felix Herngren
Screenwriters: Camilla Ahlgren (head writer) and Alex Haridi
Producer: Anna Carlsten
Executive producers: Fatima Varhos and Pontus Edgren at FLX. Fredrik Backman, Neda Backman and Tor Jonasson, from Salomonsson Agency.
About Fredrik Backman:
Fredrik Backman made his literary debut in 2012 with the global sensation A Man Called Ove. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, his novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. To date Fredrik Backman has written six highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His books have sold more than 13 million copies in 46 countries and the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. Anxious People became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.
FLX is one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing production companies in TV drama, feature films and commercials. Drama series released in 2019 include “Quicksand”, the first Swedish original series for Netflix, finance thriller “Blinded”, “Bonus Family season 3”, “The Simple Heist season 2”, and “Sunny Side season 6”. Releases in 2020 include the features “Jönssonligan” directed by Tomas Alfredson, '’Bert’s diary”, directed by Michael Lindgren and Netflix Original series “Love and Anarchy” created by Lisa Langseth. “Day by day”, the feature film directed by Felix Herngren, will be released in 2021. FLX is owned by SF studios, Felix Herngren and Pontus Edgren.
About Salomonsson Agency:
Salomonsson Agency was founded in 2000 and is today the leading literary agency in northern Europe. The agency represents Nordic authors of literary fiction, crime fiction, children’s fiction and narrative non-fiction worldwide. In addition, Salomonsson Agency represents a curated list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful screenwriters, directors and composers working in Scandinavia and around the world.
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