According to Norwegian paper Dagbladet, Stellan has been interested in bringing the very successful Per Petterson novel, Ut og stjæle hester [Out Stealing Horses] to the big screen. Hans Petter Moland will direct with his own screenplay and both are involved in seeking financing. Stellan calls the book "wonderful" and Moland's script "fantastic". However, his exact involvement has yet to be determined as no contracts have been signed. Producer Turid Øversveen of 4 1/2 Productions says it's exciting that Stellan is very enthusiastic about the project and adds, "He's a fantastic actor. We've worked with him previously, and it is always a good film... We are now in early pre-production and hope we can begin shooting in winter 2017/2018."
Previously director Marius Holst was attached as director for the film, while Bjorn Olaf Johannessen would write the screenplay. This did not happen and now it is Hans Petter Moland behind both the script and directing the upcoming adaptation. If Stellan does join the production, it will be the sixth time he and Moland have collaborated.
Tennis biopic BORG/MCENROE has now wrapped principal photography in Sweden, Prague, Monaco, London and New York. The film will have a fall 2017 theatrical release. It has already been sold to France (Pretty Pictures), UK (Curzon), GAS (Ascot Elite), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta), Italy (Lucky Red) and Latin America (Cineplex). Producers Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro announced, "We are very pleased and proud to bring this amazing story based on true events about two of the greatest icons and their rivalry to the big screen. It is an extremely ambitious project and to have international talent such as Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, together with Sverrir Gudnason in the film is absolutely amazing."
Just about a year ago Stellan's portrait was hung at the Martin Schoeller exhibition called "Up Close" in Stockholm. At that time I was able to only post the first two photographs but now a clearer portrait has become available. Excellent work, Mr. Schoeller!