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'Clark': 5 things you need to know about Netflix crime drama starring Bill Skarsgård

The upcoming Swedish Netflix original series will see the 'IT' star play Clark Olofsson, an infamous bank robber and originator of Stockholm syndrome
Bill Skarsgård (L) will be seen as Clark Olofsson in 'Clark' (Netflix)
Bill Skarsgård (L) will be seen as Clark Olofsson in 'Clark' (Netflix)

Making films or series based on real-life criminals comes with a lot of challenges. On top of that list of challenges is the sensibility to ensure that they don't glorify or romanticize the criminals in any way. The bigger the crime/criminal, the more sensible the makers have to be. Netflix has always made it a point to not go wrong when it comes to such things. With one of the biggest true-crime catalogs in the industry, the streaming giant's approach to the genre and the responsibility with which it has handled it is commendable.

Netflix is set to drop another biographical crime series soon. Titled 'Clark', the upcoming Swedish drama is based on the life of notorious bank robber Clark Oloffson and his autobiography 'Vafan var det som hände'. The Swedish gangster is also the originator of or the inspiration behind a condition known as Stockholm Syndrome. This was caused by Olofsson forming a bond with hostages at a robbery that he was present at in 1973. If you like such movies or series, you can also take a look at 'The Serpent', and 'Unsolved Mysteries'.


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When and where can you watch 'Clark'?

The six-part series is slated to release on Netflix and will be available exclusively on its services around the world. The release date is yet to be announced.

What is 'Clark' all about?

The official synopsis reads, "This is the incredible story behind Sweden's most notorious gangster, Clark Olofsson, whose infamous crimes gave rise to the term 'Stockholm Syndrome'." The press release with additional details states, "Based on the truth and lies of Clark Olofsson's autobiography, the Swedish language series will feature Clark's early years until present day. The notorious gangster started his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Convicted of several counts of drug trafficking, attempted murder, assault, theft, and dozens of bank robberies, he has spent more than half his life behind bars and has left behind a trail of trauma, heartbreak, disappointment, and general devastation. In the 1970s Clark gave rise to the idea of 'The Stockholm Syndrome' during a failed bank robbery in Stockholm and has ever since kept his position as celebrity criminal fooling all of Sweden to fall in love with him. Just like he desired."

Who stars in 'Clark'?

Bill Skarsgård will be seen as Clark Olofsson in the crime series. The 31-year-old Swedish actor, known for his terrorizing performances, will embody the infamous gangster.

Bill Skarsgård attends the 'IT Chapter Two' European Premiere (Eamonn M McCormack/Getty Images)

Skarsgård has been a part of the industry since the early 2000s, starring in films such as 'Anna Karenina', 'The Divergent Series: Allegiant', 'Atomic Blonde', 'Deadpool 2', and 'The Devil All The Time'. He is known best for playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 'IT' films and has voiced the main antagonist in Marvel's 'Eternals'. His father Stellan Skarsgård has appeared in many popular films, with a recurring role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Other actors who are a part of 'Clark' are Alicia Agneson, Vilhelm Blomgren, Sandra Ilar, Kolbjörn Skarsgård, Peter Viitanen, Hanna Björn, and Lukas Wetterberg. 

Who are the showrunners?

The show is executive produced by Hans Engholm, Jonas Åkerlund, and Bill Skarsgård. Åkerlund also serves as the series director. 'Clark' is produced by the Scandinavian Content Group.