Hypnosis. Man, we just don’t get it. As popular as the notion of someone being able to put you in a trance and search the dark recesses of your mind is, we’re as skeptical as can be. Unless of course it’s a comedy act and we get to watch a one-legged man hump a chair (the visions are still burned into our psyches).
In any event, word has come today that Hobbit star Mikael Persbrandt has signed on to play Detective Linna in Lasse Hallstrom’s big screen adaptation of the Lars Kepler novel The Hypnotist. The film is the first in a planned franchise based on Kepler’s Detective Joona Linna series.
In the novel Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.
Hallstrom will begin shooting this winter for a planned 2012 release in Sweden.
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