Robert Eggers, the director who gave us incredible horrors The Witch and The Lighthouse, is back with The Northman, his take on an Icelandic Viking revenge saga. Yes, please!
The film is based on the Scandinavian legend of Amleth, a Viking prince who sets out to get revenge for the murder of his father. The story of Amleth directly inspired William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which should tell you a lot about the source material. Eggers will make that shit messed up and twisted as fuck, which is what we want from him.
Alexander Skarsgard stars as Amleth, joined by a mix of Eggers favorites and newcomers. Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, and Ralph Ineson return from The Witch, with Willem Dafoe back from The Lighthouse. They’re joined by Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Claes Bang, Murray McArthur, Gustav Lindh, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Ian Gerard Whyte, and singer Björk in her first feature since 2000’s Dancer in the Dark.
The Northman opens on April 22nd is one of the year’s most anticipated films. Will it live up to the hype? This trailer sure suggests that it will.