Icelandic Political Drama ‘The Minister’ Greenlit For Season Two; David Jassy Limited Series; ‘Christian’ Sales – Global Briefs

Icelandic Political Drama ‘The Minister’ Greenlit For Season Two

Icelandic political drama The Minister has been greenlit for a second season and acquired by Viaplay in the UK and Germany. The show, which is commissioned by Iceland’s RUV and four Nordic networks, stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Benedikt Ríkharðsson, the Icelandic Prime Minister whose medical condition threatens the stability of the government and the private lives of the team around him. After the dramatic finale of Season 1, in which he publicly reveals his bipolar disorder to the entire nation, Benedikt is back and this time he wants to change the country’s approach to mental health. Anita Briem (Salt and Fire) reprises her role in Season 2 as Steinunn, the woman behind husband Benedikt’s success and his political career. Cineflix Rights struck the deal with Viaplay for Season 2, having sold Season 1 across Europe and APAC.

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