Scandi Stars Join Mikkel Norgaard’s ‘The Absent One’

TrustNordisk kicks off pre-sales at Toronto

Danish thesp Pilou Asbaek (“A Hijacking”) and Swedish actor David Dencik (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have joined the cast of Mikkel Norgaard’s dark-edged crimer “The Absent One,” the sequel to cold-case thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes.”

Absent” is the second installment based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s best-selling Scandinavian crime novels “Department Q,” which comprises four books. “Causes” world preemed at Locarno to solid reviews and is set to bow in Scandinavia on Oct. 3.

TrustNordisk is kicking off pre-sales on “Absent” at Toronto fest, which begins today.

Asbaek and Dencik will star opposite Nikolaj Lie Kaas (“Angels & Demons”) and Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, the scribe duo behind Oscar nommed “A Royal Affair” and “The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo,” penned “Absent.”

Another gritty cold thriller, “Absent” follows Copenhagen detective Carl Morck and his partner Assad as they investigate the brutal murder of two young twins that dates back to 1994.  The case was closed after a local outsider pleads guilty but various clues pointed toward a group of boarding school students.  As Morck and Assad advance in their investigation, they come across a discarded emergency call from a desperate girl who is being kept silent by a group of influential men.

“Absent” will start lensing on Sept. 23. for an expected release in Fall 2014.

Zentropa Group is producing with Film i Vast, in association with TV2 Denmark, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and TV2 Norway. It’s backed by the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages and the Media Program, among other orgs.

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