Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott are set to portray a Norwegian couple who help broker peace between Israel and Palestine in HBO film Oslo
Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott are set to portray real-life couple Mona Juul and her husband Terje Rød-Larsen, in an adaptation of J. T. Rogers’ play Oslo.
It was announced by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that the Luther star, 38, and Fleabag actor, 44, would play husband and wife in the HBO film, which is being executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
In 1993, diplomats Mona and Terje helped organise breakthrough negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and led to the Oslo Peace Accords that year.
Exciting: Ruth Wilson (pictured in 2019) and Andrew Scott will play a Norwegian couple who helped broker peace between Israel and Palestine in HBO film Oslo, it was revealed on Monday
With this historical event as its backdrop, the discussions and friendships between the pair and a small group of Israelis and Palestinians forms the basis of the play.
Other stars set to join Ruth and Andrew include Salim Dau, Waleed Zuaiter, Jeff Wilbusch, Igal Naor, Dov Glickman, Rotem Kainan, Itzik Cohen, Tobias Zilliacus and Sasson Gabai.
The drama will be filmed in Prague, with Rogers adapting his own play and Bartlett Sher stepping into the director’s chair, while Spielberg is working with DreamWorks Pictures on the production side.
Historical drama: The pair will play real-life couple Mona Juul and her husband Terje Rød-Larsen, whose work led to the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993 (Andrew pictured in 2019)
Tara Grace, who is senior vp of HBO Programming and Films, said of the project: ‘We’re delighted to work with J.T. and Bartlett to adapt their inspiring Tony Award-winning story for the screen.
‘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.’
Ruth and Andrew currently star together in His Dark Materials, the show’s second season returned to BBC One on Sunday.
The latest outing adapts the second book in Phillip Pullman’s trilogy, titled The Subtle Knife, and sees Lyra Silvertongue (Dafne Keen) travel between worlds after the events of the first season, where she meets fellow wanderer Will Parry (Amir Wilson).
Ruth takes on the lead role of Mrs Coulter, mother of Lyra and the show’s main antagonist, who is determined to find her daughter while working for the ominous Magisterium.
Andrew, meanwhile, plays Colonel John Parry, Will’s father who accidentally travelled into Lyra’s world and became a renowned scholar who discovered the eponymous Subtle Knife.
Co-stars: Ruth and Andrew currently star together in His Dark Materials, the show’s second season returned to BBC One on Sunday