HBO announced today that Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott will star in the upcoming film Oslo.
The movie adapts the Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Based on a true story, Oslo details a series of negotiations between implacable enemies. The story follows the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.
Wilson and Scott will play the aforementioned Norwegian couple. Wilson stars as Mona Juul, a foreign minister. Scott plays her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, a sociologist.
“Recounting the remarkable feat of two diametrically opposed sides coming together to find common ground, OSLO’s themes are especially pertinent, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have so many revered artisans on both sides of the camera working together to bring this to life,” said HBO’s Tara Grace.
J.T. Rogers, who wrote the original stage play, also wrote the film adaptation of Oslo. Rogers, a Tony winner himself, is just one of the award-winning team members behind the production. Fellow Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs the film. Plus, Oslo is produced by Academy Award nominees Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger (Bridge of Spies). Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg also executive produces the project through Dreamworks.
“My memory of seeing ‘Oslo’ on the stage for the first time is still so vivid,” said Macosko Krieger. “I felt then what I feel now – this is a powerful and necessary story for our times. I’m excited to be working with Steven, Marc, HBO and Bold Films, along with our incredible cast and creatives, to bring this story to an expanded global audience.”
Oslo will film in Prague this fall. It will debut on HBO and HBO Max next year.