-- comes from ... Denmark.
Sure, The Killing
is set in Seattle, but the upcoming drama series, which premieres on April 3, is based on a critically-acclaimed series from Denmark. The original, Forbrydelsen
, has received critical reviews across Europe and was even nominated for two International Emmys. Critics have called the original series "powerful" and "addictive," and it's hoped that the American version does the same.
Like the original, the American version focuses on the brutal murder of a young Seattle girl, Rosie Larsen, and the police investigation that follows. But it's not your run-of-the-mill whodunit crime drama, though: the series follows the effect the crime has on the victim's family, the investigators, and those in power. The stories may be different, and the consequences may be different, but they still, somehow, call come together.
Leading the series is Mireille Enos (Big Love) as Sarah Linden, a homicide detective that investigates Rosie's murder. Alongside her is Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), a former narcotics cop who helps with the investigation.
On another side of the story is Rosie's grieving family, especially her mother Mitch (Michelle Forbes, also known as True Blood's maenad Maryann) and father Stan (Brent Sexton, Life). And on yet another side are the higher-ups in the Seattle government, including City Council president Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell, The 4400) whose bid for the city's top post is affected by the crime.
As the series unfolds, and with every new detail uncovered, secrets are revealed, and no matter how much you try to escape from the past, you'll go back full circle.
I haven't seen an episode of the original, but I haven't seen a bad review of it yet and my fingers are crossed the American version is as compelling a watch. The Killing premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, April 3, at 9pm on AMC.
(Image courtesy of AMC)