Entertainment12 October 2022
The critically acclaimed bestseller A Nearly Normal Family by author Mattias Edvardsson will be adapted into a Swedish limited drama thriller series. The novel, originally published in Sweden, has been sold in 550 000 copies across 35 territories worldwide.
In the leading roles are Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, who’s making her acting debut as Stella Sandell, Lo Kauppi (Modus, Real humans) as the mother Ulrika Sandell and Björn Bengtsson (The Last kingdom, Lust) as the father Adam Sandell. A Nearly Normal Family will be produced by Jarowskij and directed by Per Hanefjord (Hamilton, The Hidden Child). Scriptwriters are Anna Platt (The Congregation, The Truth will out) and Hans Jörnlind (Top Dog, The Truth will out).
The Sandell family is a normal family consisting of the priest Adam, the lawyer Ulrika and their 19-year-old daughter Stella. They live a seemingly perfect life in a polished residential suburb outside of Lund. One day, everything changes when Stella ends up in custody, accused of murder. Her devastated parents don't know what to do. What has happened? They want to help Stella at any cost, but do they really know their daughter? Or each other?
“I am deeply grateful to be the director of this title. Mattias' novel, the script and the fantastic cast provide the best possible conditions for a strong TV series. From the first encounter with this story, I have appreciated that it really has something at heart. It raises complex issues, offers depth of character and all the while with engaging suspense. I am in awe of the actors and I have that feeling of being part of something big, when new film stars are born”, says director Per Hanefjord.
“I'm overwhelmed! It is a dream come true to see my book come to life as a Netflix series. The script is very strong and Per Hanefjord is a fantastic director who’s passionate about the story. It has been important to me that it is filmed in Lund, where the book takes place. I also hope that some of the young, incredibly talented actors will get their breakthrough in this series”, says book author Mattias Edvardsson, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the series.
Based on the book A Nearly Normal Family by Mattias Edvardsson Production company: Jarowskij Scriptwriters: Anna Platt (The Truth will out, The Congregation) and Hans Jörnlind (Top Dog, The Truth will out) Director: Per Hanefjord (Hamilton, The Hidden Child) Producer: Anna Sofia Mörck (We Got This)
A Nearly Normal Family will launch globally on Netflix in 2023.
Jarowskij is internationally known as Sweden’s oldest and most innovative production company and has since the start in 1986 established themselves as one of Sweden’s most successful production companies and has won an Emmy as well as countless national awards for its original work.
The company’s credits include The Restaurant and Solsidan, two of Sweden's most popular scripted series ever, Black Lake, We got this, Off track and Riding in Darkness among other other series.
About the novel A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family is authored by the Swedish author Mattias Edvardsson and has been sold to 35 territories worldwide, including the US, UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany and France.
In A Nearly Normal Family, dazzling storyteller Mattias Edvardsson weaves a web in which everyone becomes entangled and nothing is what it seems. The story of a crime and of one family’s undoing is told through an unusual three-part structure that keeps the reader guessing. Reminiscent of the claustrophobic psychological ingenuity of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and the masterful character portrayals of Malin Persson Giolito’s Quicksand, A Nearly Normal Family is an exceptionally constructed thriller that asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? And how far would you go to protect those you love.