WBITVP Sweden, NENT Group and Josephine Bornebusch come together for original social distancing drama ORCA

Innovative original production explores emotional impact of social distancing.

Intimacy and isolation in the time of social distancing are the themes in ORCA, the next original production from Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company. The experimental Swedish drama is created, written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch (NENT Group’s hit original series LOVE ME) and stars some of Sweden’s leading acting talents. ORCA (working title) will premiere exclusively across the Nordic region on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in autumn 2020.

In a unique set-up for a Nordic production, the characters in ORCA communicate with one primarily through their phones and screens. The actors and actresses will film their scenes one at a time with a minimal crew present. Top Swedish talents appearing in ORCA include Johan Rheborg (NENT Group’s PARTISAN), Gustav Lindh (LOVE ME), Alba August (THE PERFECT PATIENT), Peter Andersson (JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT) and Vera Vitali (NENT Group’s CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE), as well as Josephine Bornebusch herself.

ORCA is produced by Sofie Palage at Warner Bros. International Television Production Sweden and filming started this week.

Josephine Bornebusch’s original series LOVE ME has dominated the Viaplay viewing charts since premiering in autumn 2019, and has recently been renewed for a second season. Bornebusch’s forthcoming original drama HARMONICA will also premiere on Viaplay.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer: “Social distancing is the story of our time, but behind the headlines lie millions of personal dramas being lived by people all over the world. Josephine Bornebusch’s latest Viaplay original dramatises some of the emotional impact of this extraordinary situation and asks what togetherness can mean when we’re apart. NENT Group will premiere more than 30 originals this year and as this innovative, star-packed production proves, our ambitions for Viaplay are higher than ever.”

Josephine Bornebusch: “We’ve moved incredibly quickly from idea to filming, and I’m so grateful to receive such trust from NENT Group, who gave the green light at record speed. I’m also delighted that so many gifted acting talents have chosen to take part in this project. I believe we can create something very special together.”

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