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Kenneth Branagh to play Kurt Wallander in BBC series
Posted 2008-01-12, updated 2008-02-01
Kenneth Branagh Actor Kenneth Branagh has been chosen by the BBC to portray Inspector Kurt Wallander in a series of English-language films based on Henning Mankell's novels. The BBC will adapt Sidetracked, One Step Behind and Firewall as part of their Wallander series.

The Local, one of Sweden's news sites for English speakers, reported on the announcement:

  The three 90-minute crime dramas are to be filmed this summer on location in Ystad in southern Sweden, home of fictional detective Kurt Wallander. Mankell's series of books on the life of the enigmatic police inspector have achieved great international success, selling 10 million copies worldwide.

According to Mankell's production company Yellow Bird, the Academy Award-nominated actor got in touch with them last year requesting to play the title role.

Branagh told Broadcast: "Wallander is a wonderfully complex and compelling character and I am excited to be playing this fascinatingly flawed but deeply human detective,"

More information about the upcoming Wallander series from the BBC can be found in the report from Variety.

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