Wolfe Releasing has taken U.S. rights on Finnish auteur Mika Kaurismaki’s “The Girl King,” an English-language biopic of 17th century Swedish Queen Kristina toplining Rising Swedish star Malin Buska in the title role.
Sold by Scandinavian sales company The Yellow Affair, pic is about one of the most iconic queens in history, Queen Christina of Sweden. She was crowned Queen in 1633 at the age of six and raised as a prince.
Besides Buska “Girl King” stars Sarah Gadon, (The Amazing Spiderman 2) Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Lucas Bryant (Haven, and Martina Gedeck (Night Train to Lisbon).
Mika Kaurismaki is known for comedy “L.A. Without a Map,” with Johnny Depp, Vincent Gallo, and Julie Delpy, and more recently Finnish comedy/road movie “Road North.” He is the older brother of director Aki Kaurismaki.
“Girl King” is a co-production between Finland, Canada, Germany, and Sweden.
The deal was negotiated by Jim Stephens, President of Wolfe Releasing, and The Yellow Affair CEO Miira Paasilinna, on behalf of Marianna Films, Triptych Media, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Galafilm Productions and Anagram.
A theatrical U.S. release is planned for fall 2015 followed by VOD, DVD, and SVOD outings.