MEDIA RELEASE: Lead cast announced for NRK and Crave Original Drama Series, So Long, Marianne

April 13, 2023

Alex Wolff, Thea Sofie Loch Næss, Anna Torv, Noah Taylor to star in the new eight-part series about the love story that inspired Leonard Cohen’s iconic song

NRK and Bell Media’s Crave announced today the primary cast of their hotly anticipated, original series So Long, Marianne, which tells the legendary love story of Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen, and his muse Marianne Ihlen. Leading the cast are Alex Wolff (The Line, Hereditary, Jumanji) as Leonard, with Thea Sofie Loch Næss (The Last Kingdom, Delete Me and A Storm For Christmas) playing Marianne. Joining them are Anna Torv (The Newsreader, The Last of Us, Mindhunter) as Charmian Clift and Noah Taylor (Preacher, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones) as George Johnston.

Principal photography began on 24th March for the series, which is shooting in multiple locations including the Greek island of Hydra, Oslo in Norway, and Montreal in Canada.

Set in some of the most beautiful places during the 1960s, So Long, Marianne is an intimate tale of two, lonely people falling in love, during a period of their life when they are trying to figure out who they are and their place in the world, while one is becoming one of the most famous singers of all time.

Their story crosses the world, travelling from Oslo to Hydra; New York and Montreal, with the majority of the series set on the picturesque Greek island of Hydra where they lived during the 1960s. There, they joined legendary Australian novelists Charmian Clift and her husband George Johnston, the matriarch and patriarch of a bohemian group of writers, artists, poets, and outcasts who were exploring a new world of free love, drugs, and artistic freedom, but also experiencing the rivalries and jealousy that accompanied their intense, interwoven lives.

So Long, Marianne is a beautiful, poetic, and searing tribute to life, shedding light on the events that inspired one of the most iconic songs of many generations.

Øystein Karlsen, series creator, Redpoint Productions said: “It feels like the way the world is right now, a series that celebrates life and love, with a core about finding your way in life, is needed more than ever.”

Marianne Furevold-Boland, Head of Drama, NRK said: “Øystein Karlsen has shown in his previous projects that he can create original dramas that are both exciting and emotional. We believe this project has the potential to become a timeless drama with a universal appeal—it is about life and the pursuit of happiness.”

“As Crave continues to expand its output of original content in both English and French, we’re excited to be part of this unique co-production opportunity and lean into the strengths of our international partners to deliver stories that translate, and resonate around the world,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, English Content Development & Programming at Bell Media.

James Durie, Head of Scripted, Cineflix Rights added: “So Long, Marianne must be one of the most iconic love stories of the last century. The events the series depicts, the beautiful locations in which it’s set and with an incredible cast, makes it a drama that will enthrall audiences around the world, whether they know the story already or are coming to it fresh.”

Developed by Ingeborg Klyve (Exit) and Tony Wood (Irvine Welsh’s Crime, Marcella, Whitstable Pearl) and written for the screen by Øystein Karlsen (Dag, Lilyhammer, Exit, Whitstable Pearl), who is also amongst the Directors, and Jo Nesbø (Harry Hole, Kingdom, Headhunters), So Long, Marianne is co-produced by Letters From Leonard, Tanweer Productions, and Connect3.  The Executive Producers are Ales Ree for NRK, Richard Tulk-Hart and Tony Wood, Vegard Stenberg Eriksen and Ingeborg Klyve for Redpoint Productions, Dionyssis Samiotis and Nancy Kokolaki for Tanweer Productions, and André Barro and Pablo Salzman for Connect3. Cineflix Rights is distributing the series globally.

 This summer, Wolff will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Next up, Wolff reteams with Pig filmmaker Michael Sarnoski on Paramount PicturesA Quiet Place: Day One alongside Lupita Nyong’o, set for a 2024 release. Wolff is known for starring in the A24 hit film Hereditary, which launched the feature career of Ari Aster. Most recently Wolff starred opposite Nicolas Cage in the Independent Spirit Award-winner Pig from Neon, and in M. Night Shyamalan’s Old. Wolff made his feature directing and writing debut with 2019’s The Cat and the Moon.

Alex Wolff is repped by WME, Untitled and Definition Entertainment.

Thea Sofie Loch Næss is repped by Actors in Scandinavia, Independent Talent Group, Gallant Management, Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Anna Torv is repped by United Management and WME.

Noah Taylor is repped by Lou Coulson Associates in London and Andrew Freedman in the US.