Previously announced Palme d'Or recipient Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair, The Hunt) is joined by Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Red Dawn, Eric Cantona (Looking for Eric), Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Douglas Henshall (The Eagle), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood, Jack Reacher) and Jonathan Pryce Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Hysteria, G.I. Joe Retaliation) among others for The Salvation.
The film has just begun an 8-week shoot on location in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paying tribute to the classic western with inspiration from the Nordic sagas, The Salvation takes place in the 1870s America. When settler John kills his family's murderer, he unleashes the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the peaceful pioneer must turn vengeful hunter, slay the outlaws, and cleanse the town's black heart. The Salvation is an epic tale of revenge, lost love and greed.
Multiple award-winning director Kristian Levring (Fear Me Not) was the fourth signatory of the Dogme95 movement. He has written the script of The Salvation together with Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World, Love Is All You Need). Director of cinematography is award-winning and Oscar-nominated Jens Schlosser, DFF (Deliver Us From Evil) and editor is no_pereson|Pernille Bech Christensen (After the Wedding, In a Better World).
The producer is Sisse Graum Jørgensen, who delivered such successes as Cannes-winner The Hunt (2012), Oscar and Golden Globe-winner In a Better World and FIPRESCI-winner A Family. Sisse Graum Jørgensen is producing for Zentropa Entertainments33 in co-production with Spier Films in South Africa and Forward Films from UK with the support of The Danish Film Institute and Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Domestic distributor Nordisk Film is releasing the film in October 2014. TrustNordisk started presales of The Salvation at this year's EFM in Berlin and will continue presales in Cannes 2013.