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David Oyelowo Will Unravel an Undercover Operation in Adaptation of Swedish Bestseller, “Three Seconds”

David Oyelowo Will Unravel an Undercover Operation in Adaptation of Swedish Bestseller, "Three Seconds"

David Oyelowo has joined the cast of a new thriller titled “Three Seconds,” from director Otto Bathurst, which currently boasts Luke Evans as co-sstar.

Adapted from the dark, suspenseful novel by Swedish authors Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, “Three Seconds” (which I actually started to read a couple of years ago, when it was first said to be in development) follows Piet Hoffman, a top-secret operative for the Swedish police, who is faced with his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he’s become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden’s prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go undercover, posing as a prisoner inside the country’s most notorious jail. But when a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in the death of another cop, the murder investigation is assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens. Grens’s determination to find the killer not only threatens to expose Hoffman’s true identity, it may reveal even bigger crimes at the heart of the Swedish justice system. And there are players who will do anything to stop Grens from discovering the truth. 

The American version will follow a man who is dispatched by the FBI to infiltrate the Polish mafia’s New York drug trade. Forced undercover in a maximum security prison when his cover’s blown and he’s abandoned by the FBI, his only chance of survival is to break out of the prison or die. 

Evans will star as the undercover operative, while Oyelowo is on board to play a character described as an anti-social New York police detective who witnesses a fellow officer being murdered and starts to unravel the entire operation. 

Essentially, Evans is Piet Hoffman in the original source material (the bestselling Swedish novel), and Oyelowo is Detective Ewert Grens.

Thunder Road and Shine Pictures are producing with Kevin Frakes and Raj Singh of PalmStar Media providing financing. Erica Lee is executive producing. 

Principal photography is set to begin this summer in New York, with Otto Bathurst directing from a script penned by Matt Cook.

The novel was a Winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year and a New York Times bestseller in the United States.

Oyelowo, last seen in “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year,” is certainly busy, with “Nightingale,” “Nina,” “Captive,” “Five Nights In Maine,” “Queen Of Katwe” (with Lupita Nyong’o and director Mira Nair), a Sugar Ray Robinson biopic, and more, on his plate.

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