The Black Kaiser: Mads Mikkelsen to Star in the Action Spy Thriller


Mads Mikkelsen will star in the main role in the action spy thriller The Black Kaiser, directed by Jonas Akerlund, who is known for Lords of Chaos, it was announced today. The movie is written by Jayson Rothwell and Mikkelsen, based on the popular Dark Horse graphic novel Polar by Victor Santos. XYZ Films will executive produce and sell worldwide rights at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes. Negotiations with the additional cast are currently underway, with further announcements to come.

“The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen), the world’s most lethal hitman, uncovers a deadly conspiracy protecting a powerful syndicate of killers and becomes their number one target.” — The Black Kaiser, official synopsis

The Black Kaiser is a Constantin Film/JB Pictures production in association with Dark Horse Entertainment, with Martin Moszkowicz, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Mads Mikkelsen also executive producing.

“We are very excited to be working with the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen and the visionary Jonas Akerlund on what will be an explosive, action-packed, funny, unexpected, and little insane and emotional journey.” — Jeremy Bolt


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Mikkelsen is best known for Casino Royale, TV series Hannibal, The Hunt, Doctor Strange, Arctic, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Another Round, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore. He will next be seen in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, which still has no official title.

Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund has made his mark with his distinctive storytelling and visually driven signature style that often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. He is an internationally awarded director of feature films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and stage shows. In January 2019, Jonas brought his approach to Netflix’s graphic-novel-adapted film Polar Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Åkerlund’s feature film Lords of Chaos starring Emory Cohen, Rory Culkin, Jack Kilmer, and Sky Ferreira premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. His other projects include Small Apartments and Spun. Most recently, he directed the Netflix limited series Clark which was released in May 2022.

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