Danish actor PILOU ASBAEK ("Batou") is quickly amassing an
impressive resume of diverse roles, fearlessly evolving his body of work with
each new project and proving to be one of Hollywood's most sought after talents
in film and television.
Asbaek can next be seen in Rupert Sander's live-action adaptation of the anime
classic GHOST IN A SHELL opposite Scarlett Johansson. The film follows a female
special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka
Robotics. He will star in the leading male role of 'Batou', a heavy-duty cyborg
and second in command. The Paramount film has been slated for March 31, 2017.
Asbaek will also be seen in Kate and Laura Mulleavy's directorial debut WOODSHOCK
opposite Kirsten Dunst, set to release later this year by A24.
He is currently in production for the seventh season of the HBO blockbuster
series GAME OF THRONES, which recently became the most awarded scripted series
in Emmy history after its record shattering 38th win. He made his debut this
past season as the newly elected Lord of the Iron Islands, 'Euron Greyjoy'.
Last year, Asbaek starred as 'Pontius Pilate' in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of
BEN-HUR opposite Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman. This follows his recurrent
collaborations with Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm, including APRIL 9TH,
HIJACKING, and the latest A WAR, which received a 2015 Academy Award nomination
for "Best Foreign Film". Asbaek also co-starred in Luc Besson's smash hit LUCY
opposite Scarlett Johansson, which grossed over $460 million worldwide for
Universal and Summit.
On the small screen, he is best known for his role as the villainous spin-doctor
'Kasper Juul' in the critically acclaimed Danish political drama BORGEN, created
by Adam Price. Asbaek also starred in the third and final season of Showtime's
medieval drama THE BORGIAS. This was followed by a leading role in BBC Four's
Scandi-drama miniseries 1864.
Prior, Asbaek starred in severable notable Danish films including: Mikkel
Norgaard's crime thriller THE ABSENT ONE, Bille August's powerful family drama
SILENT HEART, Niels Arden Oplev's coming-of-age dramedy SPEED WALKING,
Christoffer Boe's biographical drama SEX, DRUGS & TAXATION, Tobias Lindholm and
Michael Noer's prison drama R and Pernille Fischer Christensen's drama A FAMILY.
Asbaek was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and graduated from the Danish National
School of Theatre.