Andrew Scott and Ruth Wilson to star in ‘Oslo’ film adaptation
The play was last seen at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2017.
Scott will play Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norweigan diplomat who organised negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that eventually led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Scott has recently starred in numerous television series and films, including Fleabag and 1917. On stage, he’s recently won Best Actor for his performance in Present Laughter at the Old Vic.
Ruth Wilson joins the cast as Mona Juul, Terje’s wife. In an interview with Deadline, Wilson alluded to quarantine interfering with a project; Oslo filming was halted for a fortnight after positive coronavirus tests.
Alongside Scott and Wilson, Oslo casting includes Salim Dau, Waleed Zuaiter, Jeff Wilbusch, Igal Naor, Dov Glickman, Rotem Keinan, Itzik Cohen, Tobias Zilliacus and Sasson Gabai.
Oslo is written by J. T. Rogers, whose notable works include Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre. Bartlett Sher directs, previously directing the Broadway stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird which will transfer to London.
The upcoming movie will air on HBO in 2021, and will subsequently be available to stream on HBO Max. Broadcasting dates for Oslo are to be confirmed.
After a world premiere in Pennsylvania, Oslo made its Broadway debut at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in April 2017. The play later transferred to London in September 2017, ahead of a three-month run at the Harold Pinter Theatre. In a review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, “Rogers’ play does justice to a couple who genuinely managed to change the world for the better, by forging the closest deal to peace the region has ever seen. It’s a powerful three-hours that will help us realise how important viewing your enemies as humans can really be.”
Photo credit: Oslo at the National Theatre (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)