In 2016 Mads Mikkelsen starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as the Imperial scientist Galen Erso. Just before this, he starred in the Marvel film “Dr. Strange” alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton as the villain Kaecilius, who sees time as life’s biggest enemy, and his longing for eternal life ends up being his final.
Mads Mikkelsen is especially known from “Hannibal” as the accomplished psychologist and sociopathic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is based on the character from Thomas Harris’ classic novels. Excepting his homicidal tendencies, Dr. Lecter is every bit the gentleman, with his impeccable wit, astonishing intellect, gourmet pallet and eye for the more refined aspects of life.
The Copenhagen-born actor began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, and has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia This work was especially acknowledged when he was pointed out as member of the prestigious Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Part of the way of getting here was in the Academy Award-nominated film, “A Royal Affair,” in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee, the German physician who became a confidant to the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an affair with his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde. The historical film, written and directed by Nikolaj Arcel, premiered in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012 and at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in the United States in 2012.
At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Mads Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award for his role in “The Hunt” by Thomas Vinterberg. Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher in a small Danish village that is falsely accused of child abuse. Following a premiere at Cannes, the film screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released by Magnolia Pictures in Spring 2013.
Mikkelsen also co-starred in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” in the role of Nigel, a violent crime boss, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by Fredrik Bond, the film premiered in January 2013 at Sundance Film Festival and was screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
Mikkelsen made his film debut with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (“Drive”) 1996 international crime drama success “Pusher,” part one of a trilogy. He reprised his role as a low-life pusher/junkie in the much-anticipated sequel, “With Blood On My Hands: Pusher 2.” This performance garnered him a “Best Actor” Robert statue from the Film Academy of Denmark and a “Best Actor” Bodil Award from Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics.
In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain, Le Chiffre, in the 2006 James Bond film, “Casino Royale.” The film was received positively by critics and earned over $594 million worldwide, claiming the title of the highest-grossing James Bond film. Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead role in the Academy Awardnominated film “After the Wedding,” directed by Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier.
In 2009, Mikkelsen was reunited with Danish director Nicolas Winding-Refn (“Drive”) for “Valhalla Rising.” The story follows a group of Christians who get tragically lost on a journey to Jerusalem, and takes place in 1,000 AD. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2010, Mikkelsen starred as Draco in the 3D fantasy adventure film, “Clash of the Titans.” The film was directed by Louis Leterrier (“The Incredible Hulk”) and distributed by Warner Brothers.
In 2011, Mikkelsen starred as Rochefort in the 3D adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” for director Paul W.S. Anderson. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich.
Last year Mads Mikkelsen shot the thriller “Arctic” where he plays the lead role; a man lost in Arctic trying to survive the inhuman cold and loneliness, living an uncertain destiny in his camp partly sheltered from the ice-cold nothingness outside. The film was premiering at Cannes Film Festival this May.
Mads Mikkelsen recently wrapped shootings on the graphic novel adaptation “Polar” directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The film is being released by Netflix
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story