featured image: Left, BILL SKARSGÅRD shot by Damon Baker. Right, JONAS ÅKERLUND shot by Henrik Halvarsson

Netflix has confirmed Clark, a six episode psychological drama about Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson, will star Bill Skarsgård. Inspired by Olofsson’s autobiography Vafan var det som hände, the upcoming series will chronicle Olofsson’s early years and his career as a “celebrity gangster” in the 1970’s. Specifically following a 1973 bank robbery turned hostage situation that birthed the term “Stockholm Syndrome”, in which a hostage forms feelings of affection or trust for a captor.

Clark will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund and produced by Scandinavian Content Group. Åkerlund, Fredrik Agetoft and Peter Arrhenius are the writers. Hans Engholm, Åkerlund and Skarsgård will executive produce while Börje Hansson and Patrick Sobieski are the producers.

Akerland stated in Netflix’s press release, “Clark’ is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life… It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and lies of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not just the biggest streaming service, they also have the boldness to tell this incredible story.”

Skarsgård said, “Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark’s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.”

There is currently no additional news regarding additional casting or a release date. Be sure to check back here and we’ll keep you updated!

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