A new TV show about one of Sweden’s most famous ice hockey players, Borje Salming, is in the works. The new biopic series is coming from NENT Group, which is a streaming company in the Nordics; the show will be made in English, however.
The show has big-name talent behind it, as Amir Chamdin created it and is lined up to direct; his show Partisan won acclaim and the top prize at Canneseries in 2020. Swedish actor Valter Skarsgard, the brother of Alexander Skarsgard (Godzilla vs. Kong) and Bill Skarsgard (It) and the son of Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl), is lined up to play Salming.
Martin Bengtsson (Agent Hamilton) is writing the series, which will follow Salming’s life from his early days to his stardom in the NHL. Filming is expected to begin in 2022.
The show is being produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production and it is slated to premiere on the Nordic streaming service Viaplay. It’s not immediately clear how people in other markets may be able to watch the untitled show.
Salming is involved in the production of the show, and he said to Variety that it’s “flattering and exciting that my story will become a series.” Skarsgard spent some time with Salming to get ready to hit the ice. “His attitude was always to do things his way and enjoy it, and I’ll try to bring the same approach to the task of playing him,” he said.
In the ’70s, the NHL was dominated by players from North America instead of Europe, and Salming was a pioneer in this respect. You can check out a great profile on Salming in the video above from the NHL.
Salming played in more than 1,000 NHL games from 1973-1990, scoring 150 goals. He played every season except for his last with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Salming was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1996.