Viaplay has announced its first Norwegian feature, World War II drama Gold Run (Gulltransporten), based on the extraordinary true story of a group of unlikely resistance fighters who smuggled Norway’s gold reserves out of the country ahead of invading Nazi forces. Jon Øigarden (Mammon), Sven Nordin (Wisting) and Axel Bøyum (Delete Me) are confirmed to star.
On 9 April 1940, German soldiers entered Oslo to seize three targets: the country’s king, government and gold. In just a few chaotic hours, parliamentary secretary Fredrik Haslund (Jon Øigarden) assembled an improbable team, consisting of his sister Nini, bank staff, truck drivers and the famous poet Nordahl Grieg, to carry out a highly dangerous, top-secret mission – moving 50 tonnes of gold across the country to reach an Allied shipping convoy.
Jon Øigarden said: “I loved my role immediately. This is a man who isn’t a traditional war hero in any way, just a regular politician taking on an enormous task. The film sets itself apart from others in the genre by balancing seriousness with lighter moments, and by telling its story with a glint in the eye.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, added: “How did a diverse group with zero military experience defy an occupation and help shape a nation’s destiny? Gold Run is based on an incredible story with global appeal and will offer drama, tension and even a touch of humour. Viewers around the world can expect our first Norwegian Viaplay Original film to deliver entertainment gold from start to finish.”
Gold Run, directed by Hallvard Bræin (Børning), begins filming in early 2022 and will premiere exclusively on Viaplay later that year.