Up-and-coming Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss has landed a key role in HBO’s drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K’naan Warsame and executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow.

Mogadishu, Minnesota is a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American – among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Loch Næss will play Lacy, Sameer’s (Ezana Alem) girlfriend who is in search of a deeper connection with Sameer, and wants to incorporate him more fully into her life. In addition to Alem, Loch Næss joins recently cast Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins, Rif Hutton, Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama and Liya Kebede.

Carolyn Strauss also executive produces with Warsame and Bigelow. Shooting began this week in Minneapolis.

A rising young star from Norway, Loch Næss made her breakthrough performance in the praised coming-of-age movie One Night In Oslo for director Eirik Svensson. She also starred in the celebrated short film Polaroid for director Lars Klevberg and appears in the film The Last King for director Nils Gaup. She is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Gallant Management and Hobbart & Hobbart.