Last year we brought you news of an Icelandic series – Stella Blomvist – and the fact that one of the writers on Trapped, Óskar Thór Axelsson, had been drafted in to work on the project. It was an interesting premise: Based on a series of first-person novels penned by the pseudonymous Stella Blomkvist, a hard-nosed lawyer who takes on mysterious murder cases, the series delves into the murky waters of Icelandic politics, recently in the news in the aftermath of the “Panama Papers” scandal. No English-language translation exists, but the makers – who have been touting the series at the French Series Mania TV festival – have announced that there is now a lead.
Ever since the success of Trapped, Iceland has become a very worthy star in the constellation of Nordic Noir, so called. It’s not surprising – it’s a beguiling, magical place, with majestic landscapes, that Nordic sisu in abundance and a barren, isolated feel to it. This four-part tale tells the story of a double murder on an island where crime rates are notoriously low, and features a tormented cop who has to confront his past in his hometown in order to help crack the case. Sound familiar?