HBO is in production on the film Oslo, it was announced today by Tara Grace, Senior Vice President, HBO Programming and Films. Filming will take place in Prague, Czech Republic and Oslo is scheduled to air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max next year.
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the film is based on a true story of negotiations between implacable enemies — the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.
Oslo is written by Tony Award winner J.T. Rogers, who also wrote the stage play, and directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific).
The film is executive produced by Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated Marc Platt (La La Land, Bridge of Spies) of Marc Platt Productions, Academy Award nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger (The Post, Bridge of Spies), Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) of DreamWorks Pictures and David Litvak of Bold Films.
Oslo stars Ruth Wilson (HBO’s His Dark Materials, Mrs. Wilson) as Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister; Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Black Mirror) as Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norwegian sociologist and Mona’s husband; Salim Dau (Fauda) as Ahmed Qurie, Finance Minister of the PLO; and Waleed Zuaiter (The Spy, Ramy) as Hassan Asfour, Qurie’s associate & PLO liaison.
Also starring are Jeff Wilbusch (Unorthodox) as Uri Savir, Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry; Igal Naor (Fauda) as Joel Singer, legal adviser to the Israeli Foreign Ministry; Dov Glickman (Shtisel, Stockholm) as Yair Hirschfield, Israeli Professor of Economics; and Rotem Keinan (Fauda) as Ron Pundak, Hirschfield’s associate and fellow Israeli professor
The cast is rounded out by Itzik Cohen (Fauda) as Yossi Beilin, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister; Tobias Zilliacus (Thicker Than Water) as Jan Egeland, Norwegian State Secretary; and Sasson Gabai (Sirens, Stockholm) as Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister of the State of Israel.
“In collaboration with Steven, Kristie, Marc, and Bold Films, we’re delighted to work with J.T. and Bartlett to adapt their inspiring Tony Award-winning story for the screen,” said Tara Grace.
She added: “Recounting the remarkable feat of two diametrically opposed sides coming together to find common ground, OSLO’s themes are especially pertinent, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have so many revered artisans on both sides of the camera working together to bring this to life.”
“My memory of seeing ‘Oslo’ on the stage for the first time is still so vivid,” added Kristie Macosko Krieger. “I felt then what I feel now – this is a powerful and necessary story for our times. I’m excited to be working with Steven, Marc, HBO and Bold Films, along with our incredible cast and creatives, to bring this story to an expanded global audience.”
Oslo is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger of DreamWorks Pictures, David Litvak of Bold Films, and Marc Platt. The writer/co-executive producer is J.T. Rogers.
The director/co-executive producer is Bartlett Sher, co-executive producer is Cambra Overend, and the producer is Mark Taylor. The producers for Marc Platt Productions are Jared LeBoff and Adam Siegel. The producers for Bold Films are Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, and Svetlana Metkina.