Esben Smed Begins Filming Lucky Per In Copenhagen

Photo: Esben Smed (centre) with Katrine Greis-Rosenthal and BIlle August.

Filming has begun in Copenhagen on TV2’s adaptation of Henrik Pontoppidan’s literary classic Lucky Per, starring Esben Smed (Follow The Money) in the title role and Katrine Greis-Rosenthal (The Bridge) as Jakobe.

Lucky Per (Lykke-Per) is a captivating love story and a tale of a modern, ambitious man who strives for a happy life but must choose between career and family, which also serves as a portrait of Denmark in the late 1800s. It was declared part of the Danish cultural canon by the Ministry Of Culture in 2006.

The adaptation is directed by Bille August, whose 1987 film Pelle The Conqueror also forms part of the Danish cultural canon, and is co-written with his son, Anders August. It will be the most expensive drama project yet for TV2 and will not only air as a four part miniseries, but also be released as a feature film.

Bille August says: “Lucky Per is a modern story and at the same time an amazing love story – perhaps one of the most beautiful ever written… (It is) driven by relationships, and with the actors we have on board, it will be both present and touching.”

The cast includes Peter Plaugborg, Rasmus Bjerg, Anders Hove, Tammi Øst, Tommy Kenter, Morten Hauch-Fausbøll, Ole Lemmeke, Benjamin Kitter and Julie Christiansen.

Shooting for Lucky Per continues through until mid-November, including locations in Lolland, Jutland, Fyn and Austria. It is slated to air on TV2 in early 2019.