Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund will reteam with actor Mads Mikkelsen for The Black Kaiser, a sequel to Åkerlund’s adaptation of Victor Santos’s 2012 graphic novel publication, Polar which premiered on Netflix in 2019.
Spun helmer Jonas Åkerlund is still in the game and even closer with the upcoming January 25 release of his newest graphic novel actioner, Polar. Entertainment Weekly lit up the interwebs on Monday morning providing an exclusive look at the official trailer and poster host to a cast led by Mads Mikkelsen in fine form as a grisled former hitman pulled back into the fray – Based on Victor Santos’ 2012 graphic novel publication.
Production is currently underway in Toronto for the new action thriller, Polar following its announcement late last year. Swedish helmer Jonas Åkerlund is directing with a script by Jayson Rothwell that sees actor Mads Mikkelsen leading a cast now confirmed by an exclusive at Deadline that also lists Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise), Kathryn Winnick (Vikings series) and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland).
Based on the 2013 Dark Horse publication from creator Victor Santos, Mikkelsen stars as the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla (a.k.a. The Black Kaizer). Upon settling into retirement looming, he learns his employer sees him as a liability, forcing him back in the game to protect an innocent woman with a squad of younger, faster and hungry killers hot on their tail.
Polar hails from Netflix and Constantin Films whose Robert Kulzer is producing along with Jeremy Bolt and Hartley Gorenstein. Mikkelsen is executive producing next to Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg with Martin Moszkowicz executive producing.
Variety’s Thursday exclusive comes less than a week before Mister Smith Entertainment presents the project to international buyers at this year’s 36th American Film Market in Santa Monica, California which launches on November 1. Constantin Films’s Robert Kulzer, Bolt Pictures’s Jeremy Bolt, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg with Martin Moszkowicz executive producing.