A Good Day to Be a Danish Actor: Mads Mikkelsen & Pilou Asbæk Join Major Franchises

Mads Mikkelsen has landed his next big role in a major Hollywood franchise!

April 15th, 2021 was a good day to be a Danish actor. At least, it sure seemed that way. On this day, Deadline Hollywood revealed two ‘exclusive’ casting news articles. Now, why is that significant? It’s simple really. Two very popular Danish actors are joining two major Hollywood franchises in highly anticipated sequels, and, again, for some unknown (but somewhat amusing) reason these unrelated casting news articles were released on the very same day.

The first of these exclusive Deadline Hollywood stories was the unveiling of the next project of, arguably, the most recognizable and popular Danish actor out there. The BAFTA-nominated leading man from Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, Mads Mikkelsen, is joining the long-running and iconic Indiana Jones-franchise! Mads Mikkelsen will be Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s co-star in an, as of yet, undisclosed role in James Mangold’s Indiana Jones 5, which is currently scheduled to be released in on July 29th, 2022.

Mads Mikkelsen is currently doing the rounds with journalists to promote the Danish film Another Round, which recently won the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language, and his film is also nominated for two categories at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, where it, according to most awards predictors, is currently the favorite to win the Best International Feature Film-category (director Thomas Vinterberg is also nominated for Best Director).

Mads Mikkelsen, arguably one of the best actors of his generation, has enjoyed an amazing career both in his home country of Denmark and abroad. His serious and dramatic leading man performances in Another Round, The Hunt (for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor), and Pusher II has cemented him as arguably the most popular and recognizable dramatic Danish actor in the world, while he has also shown excellent comedic skill in Anders Thomas Jensen’s Danish black comedy films such as Riders of Justice and The Green Butchers. In British and American projects, Mikkelsen is often hired to portray villains, in films such as Casino Royale and Doctor Strange, as well as the NBC series Hannibal, in which he played the titular character.

At this point, if he does indeed appear in James Mangold’s Indiana Jones sequel, he surely must be the only actor to have appeared in both the Indiana Jones, Star Wars (Rogue One), Marvel, James Bond, and Harry Potter-franchises (he will play ‘Grindelwald’ in the upcoming 3rd Fantastic Beasts-film), right? Mikkelsen’s acting career is wild and fantastic, and I hope he continues to get these major roles, while still being able to appear in Denmark’s most interesting films.

Then, a handful of hours later, Deadline Hollywood reported that Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) is in talks to appear in the upcoming sequel to James Wan’s Aquaman, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Asbæk’s most well-known role was Euron Greyjoy in the extremely popular HBO series Game of Thrones, but, at home, he made his name in the very popular series Borgen, as well as several Tobias Lindholm films, such as A Hijacking and A War. However, Asbæk has also been cast in several films away from home including but not limited to Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell and Julius Avery’s wildly entertaining action-horror-film Overlord.

Like with the Mikkelsen article, the Deadline Hollywood article states that they don’t know the details about Asbæk’s role as of yet. In America, both Asbæk and Mikkelsen are best known for their time playing villains, and it wouldn’t shock me if we were to find out that they have both been hired to play antagonists in their respective films. However, I would just love it if both Mikkelsen and Asbæk had been hired to play good guys for once. In any case, I am very much looking forward to both Indiana Jones 5 and Aquaman 2 now.

– Article Written by Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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