Cannes: Legendary Diplomat Dag Hammarskjold to Get Biopic Treatment

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Per Fly will direct the film, which focuses on his work as the second secretary general of the United Nations.

Dag Hammarskjold, the legendary Swedish diplomat and Noble Peace Prize winner, is getting the biopic treatment.

Per Fly, director of Waltz for Monica, a biopic of Swedish jazz star Monica Zetterlund, will direct the film. It focuses on Hammarskjold's work as the second secretary general of the United Nations. Film Vast is producing.

Titled The Killing of Hammarskjold, the film will focus on Hammarskjold's tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953 to his death in an unexplained plane crash in the Congo in 1961. Hammarskjold was on his way to a meeting with a regional separatist leader. The circumstances surrounding the crash have been examined on several occasions but never fully been resolved and is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.

Recently, current UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon gave his support to re-opening the examination of the crash after secret documents emerged that shed new light on the case.

"Dag Hammarskjold belongs to the prominent leaders in our history who lost their lives in their pursuit of freedom and desire to make a difference in the world," said Fly. "We want to capture the real Dag Hammarskjold, a truth-loving person placed in an impossible situation bordered by violence and deceit."

Ulf Ryberg (Headhunters) is writing the screenplay for the project. Patrick Ryborn of Eyeworks Scandi fiction and Malene Blenkov of Creative Alliance are producing together with Film Vast and Nordisk Film.

Lone Korslund, Poa Stromberg and Tomas Eskilsson are executive producing.

Shooting on The Killing of Hammarskjold is set to begin in 2017.