Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ With Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk Set for April 2022
Alexander Skarsgard, Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke star in the Viking revenge drama.
The Northman, the Robert Eggers-directed viking revenge film starring Björk, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alexander Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, and Ethan Hawke will premiere Friday, April 8, 2022. Focus Features will release the film in the United States; Universal has the international rights.
The film, set in 10th Century in Iceland, follows a Viking prince seeking justice for his murdered father. Production resumed in Ireland in August 2020 after a long pandemic-related delay. Eggers co-wrote the screenplay with the Icelandic poet Sjón, who has collaborated with Björk on “Jóga,” “Cosmogony,” “Oceania,” and others.
In The Northman, Skarsgård plays Amieth, a Viking prince seeking revenge for his murdered father. The story is based on the medieval Scandinavian legend, which served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Ethan Hawke plays Ameith’s father, King Horvendill, who is married to Queen Gudrun (portrayed by Kidman). Björk, making her first on-screen appearance since 2000’s Dancer in the Dark, plays The Slav Witch.
The cast also includes Björk’s daughter, Ísadóra Barney, as well as Willem Dafoe as Heimir the Fool.
The film’s producers are Lars Knudsen, Mark Huffam and New Regency and is a co-production of Focus Features and New Regency.
Eggers broke onto the scene with “The Witch” in 2015 that provided a breakout role for Taylor-Joy, and he last directed “The Lighthouse” that was a psychological, nightmarish, acting tour-de-force for Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.