NORDIC NOIR Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died to star Jussi Vatanen

When we say Nordic Noir, we don’t mean your normal Nordic Noir. Finnish novelist Antti Tuomainen has often been compared to the Coen brothers because he mixes quirky humour and left-field storylines within the crime fiction genre.

Now his book – The Man Who Died – is being adapted for television by Finnish streaming service Elisa Viihde

It tells the story of mushroom farmer Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What’s more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him.

Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. It’s been compared to Fargo.

Jussi Vatanen, who we’ve recently seen in the UK in Man In Room 301, takes the leading role.

“I am excited to see how the series will be received not only in Finland but also in Germany or the UK, where the novel has received great reviews and a lot of readers. Even with careful estimates, it can be said that an all-time mushroom summer is coming,” Tuomainen says.

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