Cannes: Christoffer Boe to Helm Final Film in Department Q Scandi Crime Franchise

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Mikkel Nørgaard

Fares Fares and Nicolaj Lie Kaas will return to star in 'The Purity of Vengeance,' based on the best-selling novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Award-winning Danish director Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction) has come on board to helm The Purity of Vengeance, the fourth and final film in the hit Department Q Scandi crime franchise.

Nicolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares will return to co-star in the pic, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The pair will reprise their roles as Detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad, as they did in the first three Department Q films: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), The Absent One (2014) and A Conspiracy of Faith (2015), all of which were box-office hits in Scandinavia and sold strongly worldwide.

The film's story picks up when a group of construction workers discover three mummified corpses encased behind a fake wall in an old Copenhagen apartment, all arranged around a dinner table with one empty seat.

Boe got his start with Reconstruction, which won the Golden Camera for best first film at Cannes in 2003. Among his other films are Allegro, Everything Will Be Fine and Sex, Drugs & Taxation.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote the first three Department Q films, will also pen the screenplay to The Purity of Vengeance, together with Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Norgaard. Louise Vesth is producing the film for Zentropa, and TrustNordisk is handling international sales.