BERLIN - Mads Mikkelsen has signed on to star in the upcoming Nordic Western The Salvation from Zentropa Entertainment. Set in 1870s America, Mikkelsen will play John, a peaceful settler whose family is brutally murdered. When John kills the killer, he draws the wrath of local gang leader Delarue and is forced to enact vengeance on his band of outlaws.
Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring (The King is Alive) will direct Salvation from a script he co-wrote with Anders Thomas Jensen, the co-screenwriter of Oscar-winner In A Better World. Levring and Jensen co-wrote the script to the director's last film, Fear Me Not (2008).
Sisse Graum Jorgensen (The Hunt) will produce for Zentropa. TrustNordisk is kicking off presages of the title, budgeted at $13 million (€10 million) at the EFM in Berlin.
Mikkelsen, who won Cannes Best Actor honor last year for his performance in The Hunt, has a supporting role in Sundance and Berlin competition entry The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.