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.
Robert Eggers, who directed smaller, more confined indie films The Witch and The Lighthouse, tells EW over a call from London, where he’s editing the movie, that this epic saga is “by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done and by far the most ambitious.”
It’s a story told through the eyes of Amleth (Skarsgård), who witnesses the murder of his father, King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke), at the hands of his uncle, Fjolnir (Claes Bang). With his mother, Queen Gudrun (Nicole Kidman), captured, Amleth flees his native land. But, like a beaten Arya Stark reading aloud her hit-list every night, he vows revenge on the one who took everything from him.
“It’s basically the story of Hamlet or The Lion King, which was originally an old Norse story where the Hamlet character was called Amleth. We’ve told it in our own way,” Eggers says. “It is a Viking saga with magic and swords and mysticism and all the stuff that you’d want from that.”
The Northman is scheduled to open next year on April 22.