CANNES–  European powerhouse Zodiak has assembled a strong creative team and cast for “Occupied,” the dystopian political thriller created by Jo Nesbø (“Headhunters”) and produced by Yellow Bird (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”).

Charlotte Brandstrom (“Wallander”) has come on board to direct the series, along with Pal Sletaune (“Babycall”), Erik Richter Strand, John Andreas Andersen and Erik Skoldbjaerg (“Insomnia”). Henrik Mestad (“Lillyhammer”), Ane Dahl Torp (“As you see me”), Eldar Skar and Selome Emnetu have joined the cast.

Karianne Lund is lead-writing the series, based on an idea and concept by Nesbo.

“Occupied” is set in a not-so distant future where Russia has invaded Norway and orchestrates a “silk-glove” invasion to control its oil resources. The mission gradually breeds patriotism and resistance factions are formed between Russian dignitaries, Norwegian officials and opposition groups.

Backed by GTV, TV2 Norway and Franco-German net Arte, the series is now lensing in Norway in English, Norwegian and Russian languages.

The show is being shopped by Zodiak Rights at Cannes’s MipTV.