Over the summer we reported that Mikael Persbrandt – who stars in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit – had landed the lead role in The Hypnotist 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.”
Now Lena Olin (The Ninth Gate, Chocolat) and Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) have joined the cast as well.
Per Hollywood Reporter “ [the film], which begins principle photography in Stockholm in January, will be Hallstrom’s first Swedish film in 24 years. The film’s theatrical bow in Sweden is planned for October, 2012.
The Hypnotist is the first in a planned series of eight Joona Linna novels from Lars Kepler – a pseudonym for Swedish husband and wife authors Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. The third novel in the series was recently published in Sweden. Svensk and Sonet have optioned all eight books in the series for feature adaptations.”