Pilou Asbæk

Pilou Asbæk

Johan Philip "Pilou" Asbæk (Danish: [pʰiˈlu ˈæspek]; born 2 March 1982) is a Danish actor.


In 2011, Asbæk starred in another piece by Tobias Lindholm, in the film R, as a Danish convict, portraying a harrowing prison experience. The film was shot in the Dogme 95–inspired style. The next year, in 2012, Asbæk starred in another Tobias Lindholm film called A Hijacking, about Somalian piracy, for which he transformed himself physically, gaining weight to imbue the role
with method acting.
In 2013, Asbæk portrayed a flamboyant Danish tycoon named Simon Spies in the movie Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Danish: Spies & Glistrup). In this film, Asbæk co-stars opposite his wife's cousin, the actor Nicolas Bro, who plays the other main character, Mogens Glistrup.
In 2014, Asbæk starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the Luc Besson film Lucy. Also in 2014, Asbæk appeared in the Bille August film Silent Heart (Danish: Stille Hjerte), in which his mother-in-law, Danish actress Vigga Bro, plays the character Lisbeth.
Pilou Asbæk (far right) co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest
In 2015, Asbæk again collaborated with director Tobias Lindholm in the film A War (Danish: Krigen), playing a soldier in Afghanistan. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Asbæk co-starred in the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur, starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman.He portrayed Pontius Pilate.
In 2017, he played Batou in Ghost in the Shell.
In 2018, he played Captain Wafner in Overlord.
Asbaek plays the lead role as police investigator Anders Olsen in Murderous Trance, opposite Josh Lucas. Written and directed by Arto Halonen, the movie is based on actual events. The plot revolves around the bizarre case of the hypnosis murders, which took place in Copenhagen in 1951.
In April 2021, he joined the cast of the upcoming superhero film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in an undisclosed role.
In September 2021, Asbaek joined the cast of the Stephen King adaptation of Salem's Lot as Richard Straker.


Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2008 To verdener Teis Niels Arden Oplev  
Comeback Kris Ulrik Wivel  
Dig og mig Oliver Christian E. Christiansen  
2009 Den Fremmede Den Mørkhårede Nuka Wølk Mathiassen Short film
Monsterjægerne Søren Martin Schmidt  
2010 R Rune Tobias Lindholm & Michael Noer  
En familie Peter Pernille Fischer Christensen  
Venus Rasmus Tor Fruergaard Short film
The Whistleblower Bas Larysa Kondracki  
2011 Bora Bora Jim Hans Fabian Wullenweber  
2012 Kapringen Mikkel Hartmann Tobias Lindholm  
2013 Spies & Glistrup Simon Spies Christoffer Boe  
2014 Lucy Richard Luc Besson  
Kapgang Onkel Kristian Niels Arden Oplev  
Fasandræberne Ditlev Pram Mikkel Nørgaard  
Stille hjerte Dennis Bille August  
2015 9. april Sekondløjtnant Sand Roni Ezra  
Krigen Claus Michael Pedersen Tobias Lindholm  
2016 Ben-Hur Pontius Pilate Timur Bekmambetov  
The Great Wall Bouchard Zhang Yimou  
2017 Ghost in the Shell Batou Rupert Sanders  
Woodshock Keith Mulleavy Sisters  
2018 Murderous Trance Anders Olsen Arto Halonen  
Overlord Wafner Julius Avery  
2020 Run Sweetheart Run Ethan Shana Feste  
2021 Outside the Wire Victor Koval Mikael Håfström  
2022 Uncharted Gage Ruben Fleischer  
Samaritan Cyrus / Nemesis II Julius Avery  
2023 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom   James Wan Post-production
Salem's Lot Richard Straker Gary Dauberman Post-production
TBA I.S.S. Alexey Pulov Gabriela Cowperthwaite Post-production
Project X-Traction Owen Paddock Scott Waugh  
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