Icelandic director Baldvin Z (Lof mér að falla, Vonarstræti) is working on a four-part series on the life of Iceland’s first female President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, RÚV reports. Vigdís was the first woman to be democratically elected as a Head of State in the world and to this day remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country.
The series is to focus on the period of Vigdís’ life from her teenage years until she became President of Iceland in 1980. The screenplay was written by three women: Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jana María Guðmundsdóttir, and Ágústa Ólafsdóttir, who have put years of research into the project. Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Trapped) has been cast as adult Vigdís in the series, but the role of teenage Vigdís is yet to be filled. Vigdís, who turned 90 last year, reportedly had a hand in casting Nina Dögg to play herself and has been consulting with the actress on the role.
The series is expected to go into production at the end of this year or in early 2022.