London, Milan, Munich – September 23rd, 2021. The new Sky Original film, The Hanging Sun – a British-Italian co-production from Sky, Cattleya part of ITV Studios, and Groenlandia – is filming in Norway, in the towns of Alesund and Fosnavag.
Directed by Francesco Carrozzini with a screenplay by Stefano Bises, the film is a noir thriller based on Jo Nesbø’s novel “Midnight Sun.” Nicolaj Bruel (Dogman, Pinocchio) is in charge of cinematography.
Previously announced cast members include Alessandro Borghi (On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi, Romulus and Remus: The first King, Devils, Suburra: blood on Rome) as John, the main character, Jessica Brown Findlay (Brave New World, Harlots, Hamlet) as Lea, and Sam Spruell (Small Axe: Mangrove, Outlaw King, Snow White and the Huntsman) in the role of twins Aaron and Nicolas. Today, we are announcing additional cast members, including Fred Schmidt (Angel Has Fallen, Brimstone, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) in the role of Michael, John’s brother, along with young Raphael Vicas (Grantchester), playing Caleb, Lea’s son. They are joined by Peter Mullan (Riff-Raff, Braveheart, My Name is Joe) as Dad, John’s father, and Charles Dance (Mank, Gosford Park, Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game, The Crown) playing Jacob, Lea’s father.
THE HANGING SUN is a noir thriller set in the rarefied atmosphere of a Norwegian summer where the sun never sets, life and death are intertwined, and past and present overlap.
John (Alessandro Borghi) is on the run because he has betrayed a powerful crime lord, his father, Dad (Peter Mullan). To escape from his father and brother (Fred Schmidt), John heads north and takes refuge deep in the forest near an isolated village in the extreme northern part of the country where religion dominates, the sun never sets, and local residents seem to be from a different era. The only thing standing between John and his destiny are Lea (Jessica Brown Findlay), a woman facing hardship with a great deal of strength, and her son Caleb (Raphael Vicas), a curious, pure-hearted boy. While the midnight sun seems to confuse reality and fantasy, John grapples with a difficult past that torments him. Lea is struggling with her own demons: her violent husband Aaron (Sam Spruell) died in an accident in the sea, and many in the village believe she had something to do with it.
THE HANGING SUN will be coming soon to theatres and then premièring on Sky and on streaming service NOW. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the film on behalf of Sky Studios.