The Unlikely Murderer on Netflix: Mix of fiction and reality

Netflix has unveiled the first look to their new Swedish drama ‘The Unlikely Murderer’. The five-part limited series is based on the award-winning book of the same name by Thomas Pettersson.

‘The Unlikely Murderer’ is a fictional take on the case of Stig Engström, the probable murderer of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme. The series attempts to decipher how he could have possibly managed to get away even with police on his trail.

The drama tries to uncover how Engström manages to elude justice through a sheer combination of audacity, luck and a perplexed police force. Especially when the murder itself was not planned.

Robert Gustafsson will play the role of Engström. Besides him, the cast consists of Eva Melander, Mikael Persbrandt and Peter Andersson, Joel Spira, Emil Almén, Shanti Roney, Torkel Petterson, Henrik Norlén, Lia Boysen, Magnus Krepper, Björn Bengtsson, Peter Viitanen and Cilla Thorell.

In an official statement, Gustafsson said: “It is an exciting and tragic story that affects Sweden and the Swedish people very much. The series explores and depicts the inadequate police work around the Palme Inquiry during the 80s and 90s. Stig Engström is very far from myself as a person, which makes this role attractive and challenging, and in playing this character I feel it will lead me to inner peace on these events.”

The exact release date for ‘The Unlikely Murderer’ is yet to be revealed. However, it is confirmed by Netflix for a 2021 release.

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