SkyShowtime confirms cast and reveals teaser trailer for Swedish-Finnish Original, Codename: Annika - an exciting twist on the Nordic Noir genre
Rising star Sannah Nedergård (Yellow Sulphur Sky), Ardalan Esmaili (Easy Money), Eva Melander (Border) and Helena Bergström (House of Angels) lead the cast of SkyShowtime’s Original crime drama series Codename: Annika
Today, SkyShowtime will unveil the teaser-trailer for Codename: Annika at Stockholm International Film Festival's outdoor cinema (Sommarbio). The six-part crime drama series, created by Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy, takes you behind the curtain of the hidden world of high class art-fraud and explores the reality of navigating a double identity. The series is led by Sannah Nedergård (Yellow Sulphur Sky) as Finnish art fraud investigator Emma / Annika, marking her first leading role in a drama series.
The SkyShowtime Original stars Ardalan Esmaili (Easy Money) as Rasmus Ståhlgren, Eva Melander (Border) as Rina Olander and Helena Bergström (House of Angels) as Agatha Torstensson, along with Pekka Strang (Tom of Finland) as Raimo Korpi, Clarisse Lhoni-Botte (Rolling to You) as Béatrice Joly and Charles Martins (Emily in Paris) as Denver Carpentier. The series is directed by Finnish director AJ Annila (Peacemaker). Codename: Annika will launch on the service in September.
SkyShowtime CEO Monty Sarhan said: “As a streaming service created specifically for Europe, we are excited to introduce Codename: Annika to SkyShowtime subscribers. This will be our first Swedish-Finnish original series and is a fantastic twist on the Nordic Noir genre available exclusively on SkyShowtime this September. Starring the very talented Sannah Nedergård as our main character Emma, this marks her first major role in a TV series, and we know viewers will be hooked. The series is directed by the brilliant AJ Annila and both Annila and Nedergård are joined by an equally talented and strong Swedish and Finnish cast.”
Lead actor Sannah Nedergård said: “Shooting this show was the most intensive work I’ve ever done, but I’ve never had more fun. Playing Emma and Annika would never have been possible without the expertise and heartiness of every single person in our team, I think this is a show made with passion.”
Mia Ylönen, co-creator, Helsinki-Filmi said: "We interviewed an ex-undercover officer and fraud experts to root the story in the real world of exposed identities and art fraud, and added a main character who's completely oblivious to her dark side. Emma dives head-first into undercover work and is immediately hooked - not realizing her cover identity will eventually expose her deepest darkest secrets."
Finnish detective Emma Haka is still completing her undercover training when she gets sent on a mission into Stockholm's corrupt world of fine art trade. The calm and collected Emma takes on the wild and fiery alias of Annika Stormare with the goal of getting closer to gallerist Rasmus Ståhlgren, the suspect in a case being built against the previously untouchable money launderer Blanko. As the investigation takes Emma deeper into the underworld, lines start to blur between her and Annika – who was once alive, and left a tangled web of mysteries in her wake. To stay on Blanko's trail, Emma must make choices that may change the lives of her and her loved ones forever – and try not to lose herself in the process.
Codename: Annika has received development support from Finnish Film Foundation and Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union and is financed by Business Finland - Audiovisual Production Incentive. Co-creators for Helsinki-Filmi are Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy.
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Founded in 2002, Helsinki-filmi Oy is one of the pre-eminent production companies in the Nordics. The company has produced over 30 feature films and several drama series, and its most successful films include Tove, Ladies of Steel, Tom of Finland, Heart of a Lion and Lapland Odyssey. Helsinki-filmi became an independent subsidiary of Aurora Studios in 2021.