Filmlance has begun filming Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren’s adventure novel for Viaplay.
Written by Hans Rosenfeldt (Bron), the Swedish-language series stars Kerstin Linden (The Emigrants) and Jack Bergenholtz Henriksson in the lead roles. Lisa James Larsson (Victoria, A Royal Affair) is directing the first season.
Christopher Wagelin (The Truth Will Out, Love Me), Krista Kosonen (Beforeigners, The Swarm, Blade Runner 2049), Sverrir Gudnason (Love Me, Borg) and Maria Nohra (Honor, Beck) star as the parents of the two robber families.
Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is produced by Bonnie Skoog Feeney and Mattias Arehn (Björnstad) for Filmlance, with Sara Askelöf as executive producer for Viaplay Group and Hanne Palmquist as executive producer for Filmlance. Johan Palmberg is executive producer for the Astrid Lindgren Company. The series is a co-operation with Film i Väst.
“It feels so much fun to do my interpretation of the role of Ronja, the robber’s daughter,” Linden said. “Although the book and film came before I was born, I have still read and seen it several times—and I really love the story. She is a tough and smart girl with a mind of her own.”
Bonnie Skoog Feeney and Mattias Arehn, producers for Filmlance, said, “It’s a great privilege to produce a series based on the loved and well-known story of Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Shooting in epic landscapes, in deep forests and raging waterfalls with wild horses and fantasy creatures is a huge undertaking for everyone involved. We’re already so impressed and proud of the work our cast and crew have put in and thrilled to see the vision come to life.”
Hanne Palmquist, executive producer and managing director of Filmlance, added, “Across the globe, the saga of Ronja is exceptionally well-loved, and we are incredibly proud to be producing this series for Viaplay, a streamer that is growing quickly. This reinterpretation will bring elements such as love, courage, the essential connection between nature and human, and girl power to the forefront and is set to give a deeper insight into Ronja’s world than ever before. We’ll stay true to the story, which is loved so much, but update for today’s audiences with special effects, beautiful scenery and brilliant characters, all written by iconic screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt.”