Viaplay has announced Ida Takes Charge (Ida tar ansvar), a darkly humorous eight-part drama based on the critically acclaimed debut novel by Kjersti Halvorsen about a psychology student with an obsessive fear of terrorism. Filming took place in Oslo this summer.
Newly arrived in Oslo, Ida (Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne) cannot shake a constant feeling that disaster – especially terrorism – is just around the corner. So when she meets Axel, a young man with connections to the incel (involuntary celibate) subculture, Ida becomes convinced that he is a future school shooter, and that she has a personal responsibility to stop a catastrophe.
Director, Rikke Gregersen, said: “As a slightly nervous girl who often spins small things out of proportion, Kjersti’s novel really spoke to me. The themes may be pitch-dark but the tone is light, and we’ve worked to capture this in the series. Ida as portrayed by Elli is by turns painful, funny and above all familiar.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, added: “Investing in the next generation of streaming storytellers is a priority in all our markets. The young talents behind Ida Takes Charge are some of the brightest in Norway’s thriving creative scene, with a very impressive list of awards and credits. As viewers across more European markets, and soon the US, are discovering, Viaplay is redrawing the map when it comes to unique Nordic stories.”
Ida Takes Charge will premiere across the Nordic region on Viaplay, though a release date has yet to be announced.