The Northman

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. With an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.

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About the Film
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Trailer 2: The Northman

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"Alex was totally fearless as he was bringing Amleth to life, and through hard work he became a Viking," says Robert Eggers.

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“I was already aboard on The Northman because it’s Robert, and I was more than ready to go on another adventure with him,” says Anya Taylor-Joy.

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"Amleth finds that darkness inside himself, and works with it to suit his own needs,” says Choreographer Marie Gabrielle Rotie.

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“What Robert has done with this is similar to Shakespeare’s strategy, taking the story and making it psychological, philosophical and existential like a Greek tragedy,” says Claes Bang who plays Amleth's villainous uncle Fjölnir.

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Ingvar Sigurdsson as The Sorcerer in director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman.

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Robert Eggers wrote Heimir specifically for Willem Dafoe, and the actor readily signed on to work with Eggers again, knowing he was in the hands of a master filmmaker.

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Robert Eggers: "I never wanted to make a Viking movie. I thought Vikings were violent, hulking brutes with nothing of interest. My wife, on the other hand, had been fond of the Icelandic Sagas, the esteemed medieval stories of Viking lore, and she knew that I would love them."

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Ethan Hawke was drawn to the project because of the script’s unique approach to language. “Most films don’t aspire to originality in language, it’s something you see more of in the theater,” says Hawke.

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“The Vikings believed that some people had a spirit animal living within them that would manifest itself on occasion in different ways,” says Skarsgård, of the research he wove into his performance.

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Ethan Hawke, who plays King Aurvandil, offers "I felt there was real poetry to the language in The Northman — it almost feels like Beowulf. On first read, I thought it aspired to be a kind of grand poem about a Viking king."

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Official Trailer: The Northman

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Ethan Hawke stars as King Aurvandil in director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman.

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“Since Amleth is a wolf-bear hybrid in a Viking legend, we wanted Alexander to be able to move smoothly while fighting with swords and axes but at the same time possess an imposing size and thickness," says trainer Magnus Lygdback.

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Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth and Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga in director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman.

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Both Robert Eggers and Alexander Skarsgård were in agreement that nobody else could play the complex Queen Gudrún but Nicole Kidman.

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Ethan Hawke stars as King Aurvandil in director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman.