Björk’s upcoming Viking thriller just got a 2022 release date

‘The Northman’ will be coming to cinemas next April, with the timeless Icelandic artist in a starring role.

by Jenna Mahale
18 May 2021, 3:53pm

Courtesy of director Robert Eggers, the man responsible for some of the most fucked up films of the past decade — take A24’s The Lighthouse (2020), or even The Witch (2015) — we are getting the Viking revenge movie we never knew we wanted, but that we actually probably need. 

Especially since our goddess Björk will star as the ‘Slav Witch’ in the upcoming film, titled The Northman, accompanied by actors of a similar tenured stature, including Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ethan Hawke. Alexander Skarsgård will be playing the film’s lead protagonist, a Viking prince named Amleth, on a mission to avenge his father’s death. But we all know who the real star is here, come on. Apologies, Alexander.

Following several lengthy production delays (courtesy of Miss Rona, whose days are now hopefully getting to be numbered), The Northman is set to premiere on 8 April 2022. The Viking revenge saga is set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century, and its screenplay was written by Eggers together with Icelandic writer Sjón, who has also collaborated with Björk on various tracks including ‘Cosmogony’, ‘Jóga’ and ‘Oceania’.

The maverick director has suggested that The Northman will be his most ambitious production to date. Despite the pause on filming, the film’s production team continued work on props, costumes, and more for the project over the summer of 2020. 

“There’s a very small crew that is continuing to work on things,” Eggers told Film Independent at the time. “Armor makers are working on armor for the characters. Prosthetics are being made. I’m doing my work with the DP [Jarin Blaschke] and the storyboard artist. There are things that need to be happening. Our location manager is constantly checking in on the locations, some of which are just now semi-built sets.” 

He continued: “The scale is so huge and there are so many more locations and things that I couldn’t do everything or know every prop myself. That’s been a challenge with the new movie.”

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