The Hollywood Reporter: 'The Bridge' Actress Sofia Helin to Play True-Life Princess in 'Atlantic
Sofia Helin, star of Scandinavian noir series The Bridge, has signed on to play Norwegian Crown Princess Martha in the true-life drama Atlantic Crossing.
Princess Martha fled the Nazis after the German invasion of Norway, escaping to the United States, where she befriended U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and lived in the White House. Some historians credit Princess Martha with helping push Roosevelt to enter World War 2 and fight the forces of Fascism.
"This is an amazing but untold story about a woman who made a difference," said Helin in a statement. "So far, there has been no place for the female perspective in stories told about the Second World War. Now it's about time these stories are being told."
Helin made her international breakthrough playing the socially inept detective Saga Noren in the Scandinavian noir The Bridge, which became a worldwide hit and inspired several remakes, including FX's English-language series of the same name starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir.
Helin also co-stared in German mini-series The Same Sky, which Netflix picked up for English-speaking territories worldwide. Her next feature film is the thriller Lifeboat from director Josefine Kirkeskov.
An 8-part limited series, Atlantic Crossing was created by Alexander Eik and is being produced by Norwegian shingle Cinenord for public broadcaster NRK. Eik and Linda May Kallestein co-wrote the script.
Set in the U.S., Britain and Norway, Atlantic Crossing will begin shooting in December. Beta Film is handling world sales for the series.