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Danish director Asger Leth (Man on a Ledge) is set to direct White Dog, which is described as “a tense and viscious drama with an undercurrent of political comment” with the script written by Martin Zandvliet (Land of Mine) and Anders August based on an original story by Zandvliet.
Mikael Rieks (Land of Mine) will produce the project, unveiled in Cannes on Friday, for Nordisk Film. Shooting is planned to take place in Pittsburgh where the story is set.
White Dog plays in “a post-9/11 society where bigotry and racism are becoming mainstream,” according to a plot description. It is about “two skinhead brothers at a point in their lives, where their paths are pointed in very different directions.”
“The film will take place in Pittsburgh, USA, but it is just as easily a portrait of a time where populist politicians everywhere are appealing to the worst in us,” said Leth.
Zandvliet wrote and directed Land of Mine. He is currently in pre-production on his English-language debut The Outsider, starring Jared Leto.
“I have great respect for Asger Leth and we share the same vision for the film. He has a voice and a talent for tackling complex political issues head on, which is essential in bringing White Dog to the screen,” said Zandvliet.
Nordic film company Nordisk has started to venture directly into the U.S. market with English-language films. “We have the talent, the stories and the ambition to compete at an international level,” said Mikael Rieks, producer at Nordisk.
Leth is repped by CAA and 360 Management, Zandvliet is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment, and Anders August is repped by WME.
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