Modern society’s obsession with Nordic Viking culture can be seen in nearly all aspects of mainstream entertainment. Anyone who follows the latest entertainment news on Music City Drive-In knows this for a fact – especially if they’re fans of the Minnesota Vikings. And it’s not just sports where Vikings have taken over.
In the world of video games, this obsession is even more apparent. Today, Sony’s God of War series remains one of the greatest interactive tales of all time. The plot of the latest next-gen games in the series – known as its second and best era – is centered around Nordic gods. Meanwhile, even online casinos are cashing in on this thematic trend. On popular online gaming site Foxy Bingo, titles such as Vikings Go Berzerk, Viking Riches, and Viking Runecraft are garnering even larger audiences for Viking culture in modern games. Through these different titles, modern entertainment’s Nordic obsession continues to thrive.
Of course, there are even more examples in movies and series, which alongside video games are among the most popular mediums for the modern Viking invasion. The most prominent of these are History Channel’s Vikings series, the anime Record of Ragnarok, and the now-classic film The 13th Warrior. And that’s just naming a few. In short, it’s certainly not surprising that a new Viking-inspired movie is currently in post-production and slated for release on April 8, 2022. It’s called The Northman, and its plot will be centered around a 10th century Viking prince seeking revenge for the murder of his chieftain and father.
To date, The Northman will be the third feature film directed by Robert Egger, whom you might know as the director of 2019’s The Lighthouse and 2015’s The Witch. Eggers co-wrote the screenplay for The Northman with Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, an Icelandic poet, lyricist, and novelist. It was produced by Focus Features and actually wrapped up filming around December 2020. And if things go according to plan, Universal Pictures International will proceed with its release by summer next year.
The film’s cast is nothing short of exceptional. For starters, the vengeful prince will be played by Alexander Skarsgard, who’s no stranger to being a Viking. In True Blood, he played Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old vampire from the Viking era. While the character and the new movie’s name are the same, the two are not connected – save for the fact that the term “Northman” is a loose translation of what Nordic Vikings were actually called in ancient times.
Joining Skarsgard is acclaimed actor Willem Dafoe, whom director Eggers had previously worked with on the underrated masterpiece, The Lighthouse. Dafoe will play the part of Heimir the Fool. Veteran actors Nicole Kidman and Ethan Hawke are also joining the cast, and will respectively play the roles of Queen Gudrun and King Horvendill. Meanwhile, award-winning musician Björk will also be involved, and will play the part of The Slav Witch. Other notable cast members include Robert Pattinson, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Claes Bang.
The Northman has been described as a gory and epic Viking drama, which has drawn comparisons to other period films like Valhalla Rising and The Revenant. Considering the cast, director, and writers of the new film, it’s bound to deliver as promised on April 8, 2022.