NRK reports that Aksel Hennie (Nobel) plays the lead in a movie being filmed in secret in South Africa about Joshua French, who was charged with killing Tjostolv Moland in a Congolese prison, where they were both on death row for espionage and the murder of their hired driver.
Joshua French is a former soldier who worked with Tjostolv Moland in Africa as a private security contractor. In 2009 they were convicted of murdering their hired driver in the Congo, who they said was killed when they were ambushed by gunmen in the jungle.
Their convictions were overturned in 2010, but reinstated in a retrial later that same year. However, in 2014, French was also handed a life sentence for killing his cellmate Moland, but this was later proven to be suicide.
The movie, entitled Mordene i Kongo (Murders In The Congo), stars Aksel Hennie (Nobel) as Joshua French and Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki) as Tjostolv Moland, with Marius Holst (King Of Devil’s Island) in the director’s chair.
Filming is rumoured to be almost complete, but everyone involved has kept silent about the project until now to preserve the security of French, who was released from prison on Tuesday night and returned home to Norway on Wednesday after eight years in prison.
Marius Holst said in a press release: “This story developed over a long time-frame and unfolded behind many closed doors. We have chosen to let the known facts backed by extensive research form the backdrop to this dramatic real-life tale.”
“The audience will be taken on an epic journey where the characters really come into focus. This is a fictional story based on real events.”
Mordene i Kongo (Murders In The Congo) is slated to premiere Autumn 2018 in Norway.