If violent Vikings, revenge-fueled storylines, and an A-List cast appeal to your cinematic tastes, then there’s a new reason to visit cinemas.
On Good Friday (April 15), a new historical drama was released titled The Northman. It stars Alexander Skarsgård as a Viking prince on a quest to avenge the death of his father, the king, and at the hands of his uncle.
“I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I’ll kill you, Fjölnir,” Skarsgård’s character Amleth says in the trailer for the new film. The character of Amleth (from medieval Scandinavian legend) is widely considered the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s character Hamlet.
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The film is directed by Robert Eggers, whose previous films include The Lighthouse and The Witch. NME’s Alex Flood gave the film five stars, saying, “You’ll be bowled over by this brutal Viking epic.”
Who is part of the cast of The Northman?
Some big names are in the cast of The Northman, including stars from the big and small screen. For example, Ethan Hawke recently appeared in the new Disney+ Marvel series Moon Knight, as well as the classic films Training Day and Before Sunrise. Alexander Skarsgård has previously appeared in The Legend of Tarzan, Big Little Lies and True Blood.
Legendary actress Nicole Kidman will be familiar to fans for her starring roles in Moulin Rouge, The Hours and Dogville. She also played Skarsgård’s wife in Big Little Lies. Willem Dafoe appeared as The Green Goblin in Spider-Man and is also known for films like The Lighthouse and At Eternity’s Gate. The entire cast includes:
- Alexander Skarsgard as Amleth
- Oscar Novak as Young Amleth
- Nicole Kidman as Queen Gudrún
- Claes Bang as Fjölnir the Brotherless
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga from the Birch Forest
- Ethan Hawke as King Aurvandill War-Raven
- Björk as the seer
- Willem Dafoe as Heimir the Fool
- Kate Dickie as Halldora the Pict
- Gustav Lindh as Thorir the Proud
- Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson as He-Witch
- Murray McArthur as Hakon Ironbeard
- Ian Whyte as The Mound Dweller
- Katie Pattinson as Shield-maiden
- Ian Gerard Whyte as Thorvaldr’s Giant Crusher
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Thorfinnr
- Doa Barney as Melkorka
- Olwen Fouéré as Ashildur Hofgythja
- Ralph Ineson as Captain Volodymyr