‘Hobbit’ Star Plays Detective in ‘The Hypnotist’

Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules) is set to direct his first Swedish film in 24 years, taking on the adaptation of best selling crime novel The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, as previously reported.

We learned today that Mikael Persbrandt – starring in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit – has landed the lead role as Detective Linna who “investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.

The film, which Hallstrom will begin shooting this winter, is the first in a planned franchise based on Kepler’s Detective Joona Linna series, which are most successful Swedish crime novels worldwide after Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy.