Cell 8 (Finnigans ære), a six-part adaptation of the best-selling thriller by Roslund & Hellström, premieres this August on Viaplay with an intricate tale of love, revenge, political corruption and the death penalty. This is the second novel by the duo to be adapted, following Box 21 in 2019, with the rights secured for two more.
A man presumed dead (Freddie Wise) is arrested for assault on a Finnish ferry, throwing detectives Mariana Hermansson (Mimosa Willamo) and Ewert Grens (Leonard Terfelt) into a mysterious and increasingly dark series of events. The case not only reveals a personal connection to Hermansson herself, but to the highest political spheres, a Death Row prisoner in the US and a grieving parent determined to see justice served.
The international cast also includes Kristofer Kamiyasu (The Princess), Sarah Stewart (Unforgotten), Lily Dodsworth-Evans (Poldark), Nikol Kollars (Foundation), Richard Lintern (Silent Witness), Victor McGuire (Trollied), Leon Herbert (Outlander) and Donald Sage Mackay (Deep State).
Freddie Wise said: “Empathy is a central part of the series, and Roslund and Hellström’s story draws you into each character’s situation. The bizarre and horrible nature of the subject is something that sticks in your mind. I found the empathy that Johan Brisinger wanted to bring to the characters to be very exciting.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, added: “Roslund & Hellström’s storytelling is renowned around the world for good reason. They have an unerring knack of transforming social questions into unforgettable human faces, from the horrors of trafficking in Box 21 and now the moral complexities of the death penalty in Cell 8.”