Susanne Bier Will Give Nikolaj Coster-Waldau A Second Chance


Shifting from medieval fantasy to tense drama, Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has agreed to star in Susanne Bier’s upcoming film A Second Chance. Little is known about the plot thus far, but Deadline reports that A Second Chance will revolve around the central question of how far decent human beings are willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust.

Coster-Waldau’s starring role as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones may prevent production on the drama from getting underway too quickly, but Bier also has a pretty demanding schedule. She’s already locked in to direct Saoirse Ronan next year in Mary Queen of Scots, which was written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst. Also on Bier’s to-do list: memoir adaptation The Rules of Inheritance with Jennifer Lawrence and teen sexting drama This Beautiful Life. Between the two of them, we may not be seeing A Second Chance hit the festival circuit anytime soon.

Bier and Coster-Waldau will return to their native country of Denmark to work on the film, which has a script from frequent Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen. Together, Bier and Jensen have made some terrific movies, from 2002’s Open Hearts to 2008’s In A Better World (which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film that year), so I’m excited to see what the fruits of their labor can produce this time around.

Coster-Waldau last appeared on the big screen in the little-seen Norwegian drama A Thousand Times Goodnight, alongside Juliette Binoche. His next film is the 2014 romantic comedy The Other Woman, where he’ll star alongside Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann.

As for Bier, her Depression-era drama Serena, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, has been dwelling in post-production hell for months, but the film will finally arrive in theaters early next year.

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