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'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Producers Release Swedish 'Wallander' In Theaters

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 4, 2012 at 6:20PM

Music Box Films isn't missing a trick. Having been the only distributor sharp enough to acquire the three-part edited-for-movies version of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series, the distributor is now releasing in theaters the first episode of the second season of the original Swedish "Wallander" TV series.
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'Wallander'
'Wallander'

Music Box Films isn't missing a trick. Having been the only distributor sharp enough to acquire the three-part edited-for-movies version of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series, the distributor is now releasing in theaters the first episode of the second season of the original Swedish "Wallander" TV series. (The first season (2005-2006) was also released theatrically as a trilogy overseas.)

Based on original stories from popular Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, "Wallander" follows a chief inspector investigating crimes and mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of modern Sweden (trailer posted below).  Krister Henriksson plays the titular chief.

Branagh Hiddleston

In the first 90-minute episode of the second series (2008-2010), "The Revenge," chief inspector Wallander has achieved his life’s dream—buying a house by the sea.  His moment of quietude is disrupted by a heavy explosion.  His small town begins to look like a war zone and Wallander must figure out whether this is sabotage or terrorism. Music Box will open “The Revenge” in select theaters on May 25th.

Thirteen "Wallander" 90-minute Season Two episodes, including “The Revenge,” “The Guilt,” “The Courier” and “The Thief" will be available on VOD and DVD starting May 29, 2012.

Meanwhile, the English-language BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh (and in Season One, "The Avengers" star Tom Hiddleston) is shooting its third second season. 

Rising star Tom Hiddleston plays Magnus Martinsson in the BBC detective drama; Hiddleston is fresh off his turn as Loki in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Our interviews with Branagh here and Hiddleston are here; both actors talk filming “Wallander.”

This article is related to: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Television, Interviews, Music Box Films, Independents


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.