As principal photography begins in Denmark for Liberty, adapted by Asger Leth from the novel by Jakob Ejersbo, DR has announced casting details for the series directed by Mikael Marcimain (Gentlemen).
Set in Tanzania during the 1980s, Liberty follows two young men from very different backgrounds. Christian is the son of Danish ex-pats, while Marcus works as a house boy for a Swedish family and hopes that they will eventually take him back to Europe with them.
Their friendship defines a divided continent. When they decide to go into business together, they are unwittingly set on a collision course. But will it be love or money that tears them apart?
Meanwhile, in a country defined by corruption, the Tanzanian authorities and European aid agencies compete to line their own pockets, while the rise of ‘the disease’ threatens to lay waste to an already stricken continent.
DR Head of Drama, Piv Bernth, says: “Jakob Ejersbo’s novel is a masterpiece of modern Danish literature, and it is a gift and a challenge to adapt Liberty for television. Our head writer Asger Leth’s grasp of the novel and expansion of the story is unique.”
The cast of Liberty includes Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) as Kirsten Knudsen, Carsten Bjørnlund (The Legacy) as Niels Knudsen, Anton Hjejle as Christian, Charlie Karumi as Marcus, Magnus Krepper (Gentlemen) as Jonas Larsson, and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) as Katrina Larsson.
Filming moves on to South Africa on 2nd June, and the series is expected to air in Denmark on Sunday nights next year.