Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is venturing into the cold in Netflix’s new thriller, Against the Ice. The film is based on the memoir by Ejnar Mikkelsen, an author and explorer of Greenland who in 1909 set out on a dangerous expedition in frigid climate to disprove the United States’ claim to the territory. The only way to do that is to find the diaries of explorer Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen, leader of the ill-fated Denmark Expedition.
Joining Coster-Waldau in the cast are Joe Cole, Charles Dance, and Heida Reed, with a script co-written by Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick. Behind the camera is Danish filmmaker Peter Flinth.
Against the Ice hits Netflix on March 2nd.
In 1909, Denmark’s Arctic Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. This claim was based on the assumption that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving his crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen embarks on a journey across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, a dangerous cocktail in their fight for survival. Against the Ice is a true story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship.