It’s a prequel. Sort of. While Endeavour stars Shaun Evans as then-dc Morse in late 60s Oxford and the new Perry Mason origin series revels in its depiction of a seedy-glamorous 30s Los Angeles, Young Wallander’s fresh-faced lead is a different kind of detective. While he has the same basic biography as Henning Mankell’s creation – played previously by Rolf Lassgård, Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh – his youth takes place in the present day.
But present-day Sweden isn’t quite present-day Sweden, either. Fans of the Branagh version may disagree, but cultural specificity has always been crucial to the appeal of Scandinavian crime drama exports. Still, Mankell apparently gave his blessing before he died, and this Netflix series is produced by Yellow Bird UK,