Netflix orders A Nearly Normal Family series
October 13, 2022
The critically acclaimed bestseller A Nearly Normal Family by author Mattias Edvardsson will be adapted into a Swedish limited drama thriller series by Netflix. The novel, originally published in Sweden, has been sold in 550 000 copies across 35 territories worldwide.
In the leading roles are Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, who’s making her acting debut as Stella Sandell, Lo Kauppi (Modus, Real humans) as the mother Ulrika Sandell and Björn Bengtsson (The Last kingdom, Lust) as the father Adam Sandell. A Nearly Normal Family will be produced by Jarowskij and directed by Per Hanefjord (Hamilton, The Hidden Child). Scriptwriters are Anna Platt (The Congregation, The Truth will out) and Hans Jörnlind (Top Dog, The Truth Will Out).
The Sandell family is a normal family consisting of the priest Adam, the lawyer Ulrika and their 19-year-old daughter Stella. They live a seemingly perfect life in a polished residential suburb outside of Lund. One day, everything changes when Stella ends up in custody, accused of murder. Her devastated parents don’t know what to do. What has happened? They want to help Stella at any cost, but do they really know their daughter? Or each other?
“I am deeply grateful to be the director of this title. Mattias’ novel, the script and the fantastic cast provide the best possible conditions for a strong TV series. From the first encounter with this story, I have appreciated that it really has something at heart. It raises complex issues, offers depth of character and all the while with engaging suspense. I am in awe of the actors and I have that feeling of being part of something big, when new film stars are born”, said director Per Hanefjord.
“It is a dream come true to see my book come to life as a Netflix series. The script is very strong and Per Hanefjord is a fantastic director who’s passionate about the story. It has been important to me that it is filmed in Lund, where the book takes place. I also hope that some of the young, incredibly talented actors will get their breakthrough in this series”, added Edvardsson, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the series.