BBC One have announced that they will be airing three ninety minute Wallander films which will mark the end of the series as a whole.
Kenneth Branagh will reprise his BAFTA-winning role as Kurt Wallander whilst Peter Harness and James Dormer will adapt the three films from two of Henning Mankell’s original novels.
The White Lioness is adapted from Mankell’s third original Wallander novel which takes place in South Africa and will be filmed in Cape Town.
The final two films are both adapted from Mankell’s last Wallander novel The Troubled Man. The story sees Wallander being haunted by his past when he faces a deeply personal case and at the same time looking towards the future with profound uncertainty. . He will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary – himself. The Troubled Man will be filmed on location in Skane in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark.
Returning cast include Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander, Richard McCabe as Nyberg, Barnaby Kay as Lennart Mattson, and Ingeborga Dapkunaite as Baiba Liepa.
Of his role in the films Keneth Branagh says “I always approach each series of Wallander with anticipation and excitement, but this last series of films contain some of the greatest challenges the character has ever faced. It’s a privilege to try to meet them, and I look forward to a great Swedish Autumn working on Henning Mankell’s masterly creation.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “It is only right that we bring the final chapter of the brilliant and ground-breaking Wallander to BBC One, for what is set to be a dark, thrilling and emotional finale. Thanks to the incredible cast and production for bringing four series of this genre-shaping drama to our BBC audience.“
Wallander returns in 2015