Jens Lapidus' bestseller `Paradis City' becomes major Viaplay drama

Jun 16, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Viaplay Group.

  • Alexander Abdallah (`Snabba Cash') and Julia Ragnarsson (`End of Summer') star in six-parter directed by Crystal Bear-nominee Fenar Ahmad
  • Jens Lapidus' novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide
  • `Paradis City' the latest addition to Viaplay's premium Nordic slate

Viaplay Group will adapt Jens Lapidus' bestselling novel `Paradis City' into a major scripted series headlined by some of the Nordic region's most exciting screen talents. A tense drama set in Sweden in a not-too-distant future, `Paradis City' stars Alexander Abdallah (`Snabba Cash'; `Love Me') and Julia Ragnarsson (`End of Summer'; `Spring Tide'), and is directed by Fenar Ahmad (`Darkland'; the Crystal Bear-nominated `Megaheavy'). The series is produced by Strive Stories. Jens Lapidus, who joins as an executive producer, has sold more than 5 million books translated into over 30 languages, including the internationally successful `Snabba Cash' trilogy.

In the six-part show, Sweden's most deprived areas are surrounded by walls and subject to special laws that claim to protect the rest of society. When the Home Secretary delivers a speech inside the largest area, known as Paradis City, she is kidnapped by masked men. Security Service agent Fredrika (Julia Ragnarsson) turns to Emir (Alexander Abdallah), a former MMA fighter facing a life sentence in prison, with an ultimatum - go undercover in Paradis City and find the Home Secretary if Emir wants to see his daughter again.

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