Madsen will play troubled marine biologist Morten Solheim, who is fighting to save the world’s oceans and environment from corrupt governments after recently being released from prison.
The show, made for German public broadcaster ARD, will comprise a series of feature-length episodes, with production currently underway on the first film in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean.
Madsen played King Hemming in two seasons of History’s Vikings and also featured in Lilyhammer. He is joined on Maritime by Daniel Roesner (Alarm for Cobra 11), Hannes Jaenicke, Haley Louise Jones (Einstein), and Luko Omoto (Gunpowder Milkshake).
The first film is directed by Sven Fehrensen from a script by Nils Morten Osburg. Nanni Erben is the executive producer, while the ARD commissioning editor is Brigit Titze.
Madsen is represented by Sten Hassing Møller and Anne Ellemann at Scandinavia ́s Team Players and Germany ́s Klostermann & Thamm.