Trapped Season Three Premieres in Iceland

There’s something for both local and international viewers in the third series of popular Icelandic TV show Trapped, which premiered in Iceland last night. Familiar faces from Iceland’s music and media scenes will impress Icelanders with their handling of minor roles while beautiful landscape shots will charm Icelandophiles abroad, the guests of a new RÚV podcast on the series argued. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson stars as usual in the role of Detective Andri, this time investigating a murder committed on the property of a religious cult in North Iceland.

The creators of Trapped began working on the third season of the show as early as December 2018. Filming finally began in Siglufjörður, North Iceland in September of last year. Shooting was subject to COVID safety protocols: cast and crew had their temperature taken daily when arriving on set, and a COVID safety supervisor was on set at all times to make sure distancing and mask-wearing regulations were followed.

Eurovision and hip-hop stars feature

Among the musicians featured in the show is former Eurovision singer turned yoga teacher Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir, who is convincing as a meditation guide at the cult. Rock DJ Andrea Jónsdóttir, well-known to locals in Iceland, appears in a bar scene, while hip-hop artist Flóni also appears in the show.

It remains to be seen whether the show’s third series will enjoy as much success as the first two.

Icelandic Show “The Minister” to Be Streamed Internationally

Rights to Icelandic show The Minister, starring Ólafur Darri Ólafsson of Trapped fame, have been acquired by streaming platforms and television broadcasters across Europe, North America, and Australia, Variety reports. The show, which premiered in Iceland on September 20, has been nominated for the Venice TV Awards and is in the running for the Prix Europa.

The Minister (Ráðherrann in Icelandic) is an eight-part series that follows populist Prime Minister Benedikt Ríkarðsson (Ólafur Darri) as his mental illness grows and his colleagues try to keep it a secret from the nation. The show featured a cameo by Ben Stiller, who appeared in a video to express his opposition to whaling in Iceland.

Icelandic media outlet DV interviewed Iceland’s ministers about the show. “I found Ólafur Darri so sincere and convincing – that he could clearly go into politics!” stated Minister of Education and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.

Trapped Again

Ólafur Darri is a charming, affable man – it really is no wonder how well he takes to the large screen. He oozes warmth as soon as he enters the coffeehouse, his contagious smile giving life to the room. Even though he is one of Iceland’s most successful actors, Ólafur remains humble in his approach to his roles as well as life. In the midst of shooting the second season of Trapped, Ólafur takes a look back on a career which has spanned countless roles. Having conquered the Icelandic acting scene already, Ólafur is just getting started though.

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