Robert Eggers’ Viking film The Northman begins production in Ireland
According to Deadline, Robert Eggers’ forthcoming Viking revenge film The Northman has officially begun its production in Ireland which was previously scheduled to start back in March but was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. In addition, Grammy-nominated Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk has joined the star-studded cast along with Game of Thrones alum Kate Dickie with Björk reportedly portraying the role of a Slav Witch.
The Northman is described as Viking revenge film which will be set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century.
Eggers has put together an all-star ensemble for the film including Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Claes Bang, plus previous collaborators Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch). Eggers will direct from a script he co-wrote with Icelandic novelist Sjón.
Eggers first gained recognition through his 2015 feature directorial debut The Witch which is a horror period film that immediately received critical and commercial success. This was then followed by 2019’s psychological thriller The Lighthouse which was shot on 35mm black-and-white stock using equipment from the 1920s and ’40s. Starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the film opened in theaters on October 18 to rave reviews from critics and was a modest commercial success, grossing over $18 million on a $4 million budget, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
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