Connie Nielsen to star author Karen Blixen in limited series – The Hollywood Reporter

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Connie Nielsen will play the role of Outside of Africa writer Karen Blixen in The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, a new TV series about the making of the famous Danish writer.

The gladiator and Wonder woman The actress will be Blixen in the six-part limited series by Scandinavian streamer Viaplay. Produced by Viaplay’s parent company, Nordic Entertainment Group and Lars von Trier’s Zentropa production company, The Dreamer is currently in post-production. TrustNordisk picked up international sales for the series.

Meryl Streep played Blixen in the 1984 Oscar-winning epic Outside of Africa, based on Blixen’s autobiographical writings on his stay in East Africa. The dreamer takes place in the 1930s, after Blixen returned to Denmark, penniless, ill, divorced and with her dreams in ruins.

The series traces the author’s journey from the ground up to becoming an internationally renowned writer. Based on an idea by Nielsen and Karoline Leth, the series was created by Dunja Gry Jensen (Norskov) and directed by Jeanette Nordahl (Wilderness). Shot in Denmark and abroad, The dreamer is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

“Karen Blixen has been a role model for me since I was a child: an adventurer, an artist, a traveler and a thinker,” Nielsen said in a statement. “But I didn’t know the full story of how a 46 year old woman, in the midst of the deepest crisis of her life, found her unique talent through a process that was painful, trying and also thrilling. . I believe it is important for women of all ages and from all walks of life to know her inspirational story, and I will put my body and soul into portraying this amazing person.


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