Netflix announces new Norwegian drama ‘Royalteen’

Netflix has announced its upcoming Norwegian drama ‘Royalteen’, adapted from Randi Fuglehaug and Anne Gunn Halvorsen’s acclaimed YA series, based on the English series ‘The Heir’.

Penned by Ester Grenersen and directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Quicksand, Home for Christmas, Nobel) and Emilie Beck (22 July, Wisting), the feature film is set to depict a new-age love story about “living with your mistakes, conquering your fears and breaking the internet.”

Produced by Janne Hjeltnes from The Global Ensemble Drama, the Norwegian film will explore the unrequited love between prince Karl Johan (Mathias Storhøi) and newcomer Lena (Ines Høysæter Asserson).

Even when Lena knows about the hardships of loving a party prince, whose many escapes are headlines in tabloids, one of which she herself runs, can she stop herself from falling for him? With Lena trying to hide her own secrets, can she manage to make this implausible story possible?

‘Royalteen’ also stars Elli Müller Osborne (Margrethe), Filip Bargee Ramberg (Arnie), Amalie Sporsheim (Ingrid), Ina Dajanna Ervik (Tess), Hannah Larsen Walberg (Fanny), Vår Sørensen Grønlie (Astrid), Niels Skåber (Gunnar) and Carmen Andrea Høilund (Guro).

Speaking about the upcoming creation director, Per-Olav Sørensen said:

“We need to create more content for young adults showing love in both authentic, shy, helpless, vulnerable and sensitive ways. With ‘Royalteen’ we’re hoping to fill some of that gap. This story covers many relevant topics for young people today and together with my directing partner Emilie Beck we hope to tell a contemporary love story filled with humour, vulnerability and passion. This modern Cinderella-story is both fascinating and entertaining.”

Director Claire Willats of International Original Film Nordics also gave her views on the film:

“I am thrilled to introduce our first YA film from Per-Olav. He has a unique ability to fill his stories with heart and soul and I can’t wait for him and Emilie to work their magic and bring this modern fairy tale to life.”

‘Royalteen’ will be released worldwide in 2022 on Netflix.

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