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Actor Bill Skarsgård, known mainly for his performance as Pennywise in the reboot of It: The Thing (2017), inspired by the book of the same name by Stephen King, has gained great prominence in recent years and will now make a new miniseries for Netflix, Clark. He will play Clark Olofsson, a real-life criminal described as “Sweden’s first pop ganster”, sentenced for attempted murder, assault, theft and drug trafficking.
According to the official Netflix website: “Based on the truth and the lies in Clark Olofsson’s autobiography, the Swedish-language series will feature Clark’s early years to the present day. The notorious gangster began his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. “
Bill Skarsgård comments on the figure who inspired his character: “Clark Olofsson is, for better or worse, one of the most colorful and fascinating individuals in Sweden. I accept this challenge with pleasure mixed with terror and I think that, with Jonas and Netflix behind us, we can tell an innovative story with a rhythm and madness that we might never have seen on TV before. Clark’s life and story are so incredible and spoiled that they even make Scorsese blush. ”
Jonas Åkerlund, director, also looses the verb: “Clark is the story of the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life. Those are the types of stories I always look for. It is an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face on the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it is not just the assault on Norrmalmstorg. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and the lie of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not only the biggest streaming service, they also have the audacity to tell this incredible story. ”
There is still no premiere date for the miniseries, which will feature six episodes.
In the meantime, learn more about Bill Skarsgård’s work at CInema10.