In an effort to expand its library of European content, Netflix will produce Stolen, an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Ann-Hélén Laestadius. The film will delve into the culture of the indigenous Sami people. The Sámi community comes from Lapland (northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia).
Elle Márjá Eira (The Sámi have rights, ealat) will be directing Netflix Stolen as his film debut. pedro birro (Monica Z., 438 days) will be the scriptwriter.
Author Ann-Hélén Laestadius, who is also an executive producer on the project, commented on the Netflix adaptation:
«I am over the moon! For me as an author, it is of course a dream to see my book adapted into a movie and reach a whole new audience around the world. And I am incredibly happy that Netflix, with its reach , choose to highlight a Sami story in a big way.”
Here’s Everything We Know About Netflix Stolen:
What is the plot of Stolen?
The novel Stolen by Ann-Hélén Laestadius It was originally published in Sweden in 2021 and has since been sold to over 20 countries, including Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. The book received the Swedish Book of the Year award in September 2021.
Here is the logline for the story of Stolen:
Stolen portrays a young woman’s struggle to defend her indigenous heritage in a world where xenophobia is on the rise, climate change threatens reindeer herding, and young people choose suicide out of collective despair. But the novel also exposes the tensions that arise when modern ideas are confronted with a traditional culture with deep-rooted patriarchal structures.
Director Elle Márjá Eira said:
“It is high time that the world knew this story and what is happening in Sápmi today. I myself am a reindeer owner and I recognize myself in this story. I also know that my brothers, sisters, and indigenous ancestors are with me. I am proud and grateful that Netflix and Ann-Helén Laestadius have given me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to bring it to a new audience.»
who is cast in Stolen?
So far, the following cast members have been confirmed for Stolen;
- Elin Cristina Oskal
- Martin Wallström (Mr. Robot)
- Lars-Ante Wasara
- Ida Persson Labba (Tystnaden i Sápmi)
- Pávva Pittja (Midnight Sun)
- Ingahilda Tapio (Reno in my Saami heart)
- Magnus Kuhmunen (Fascinating Wasser)
- Simon Issat Marainen (Juoigan)
- Niilá Ommaand
- Anne Lajla Westerfjell Kalstad (Skaidi)
The names of the roles of the cast members have yet to be revealed.
Elin Kristina Oskal will make her acting debut in Stolen, and had the following to say;
”It’s incredibly cool to get to know the film industry from the inside; I’ve always been curious about it. I am so grateful to be a part of this!”
What is the production status in Stolen?
Filming for Netflix Stolen supposedly began around February 18, 2023, according to director Elle Márjá Eira instagram. It’s unclear how long filming will take, but it shouldn’t be long considering its supposed release date.
Stolen director Elle Márjá Eira says:
“We are in the middle of production right now. They have been exciting and demanding days in minus 35 degrees. We love the snow! I am very impressed and proud of the entire cast and crew, especially the Sami. It’s also incredibly beautiful to be able to speak my own language, which is Sami, on set.»
What is the Netflix release date? Stolen?
After the announcement of the project, Netflix claimed that the film was scheduled to be released in 2024, but a recent article from golden balloons claims the movie will stream on Netflix later1 in 2023. It’s hard to say if plans have changed or which information is more correct.
A Netflix press release from April 6, 2023 still has the streaming service listing the film for a 2024 release. As always, release dates are subject to change.
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