Robert Eggers has swiftly established himself as one of the most important must-see directors in the industry. With only two films under his belt, his work is already well-known. For its distinctive style, plot, and visual, his directorial debut film The Witch received tremendous accolades from reviewers and a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Lighthouse, his 2019 follow-up, received the same rating. Both films were produced by A24, an independent production firm that rose to prominence in the 2010s for its marketing prowess and backing of artists’ artistic expressions.
Following the success of The Witch and The Lighthouse, filmmaker Robert Eggers is working on his third film, the epic Viking action saga The Northman. The Northman, with the critical accolades that Eggers has garnered thus far in his career and the ensemble that he has collected, is one of the most intriguing new films set to hit cinemas in 2022.
Everything you need to know about The Northman is right here.
In 2022, Robert Egger will unveil The Northman, his third and most ambitious effort to date. Eggers has been working on it since 2019, however this time without A24. The film was momentarily halted owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has since resumed production and is scheduled for release in April 2022. This time, his style takes the shape of an action thriller rather than a horror film. With major personalities connected and a $60 million budget, the rookie filmmaker has a lot riding on this project. With that, here’s all we know about The Northman’s cast, narrative, and everything else.
The Northman, produced by Focus Features, will be released in cinemas on April 22. The film will be released only in theatres at first, but we have a very solid notion of when it will be available for streaming and where it will be available.
According to a statement made by NBCUniversal, all Focus Feature films will be available for streaming on the Peacock platform (owned by NBCU) 45 days (at the most) after they are released in cinemas. Peacock Premium, which gives you full access to all Peacock material, costs either $4.99 (ad-supported) or $9.99 per month (ad-free). The Northman’s streaming release date has yet to be confirmed.
Trailer for “The Northman”
The first trailer for The Northman has arrived, and it appears to be a capital “R” Revenge film. The teaser depicts yet another exquisitely detailed universe built by Egger, this time loaded with promises of ruthless action rather than terror.
Prepare for a brutal story of vengeance in The Northman, according to the official plot synopsis: “The Northman” is an action-packed epic directed by visionary director Robert Eggers that depicts a young Viking prince on his journey to revenge his father’s death.
From the trailer, we can deduce a little more information (see below). When the Viking prince (Amleth) was a youngster, his own brother murdered the monarch. Now that he is an adult, he must embark on a perilous journey back home to exact his revenge on his uncle.
The cast of The Northman is led by a real Nordic, as a hulking Alexander plays the adult Amleth, the Viking Prince. Skarsgrd most recently appeared as a noteworthy guest star on HBO’s Succession. Other highlights include the forthcoming Netflix film Passing, some past action experience with Godzilla vs. Kong and The Legend of Tarzan, and a number of prominent TV performances, including True Blood, The Little Drummer Girl, and Big Little Lies, for which he received an Emmy nomination (and starred alongside Nicole Kidman).
Kidman, who plays Amleth’s mother Queen Gudrun, is one of the film’s two starring women, along with Skarsgard. Of course, Kidman is an Oscar winner who has been in films such as Moulin Rouge!, Aquaman, The Hours, The Undoing, Nine Perfect Strangers, and, most recently, Being the Ricardos.
Anya Taylor-Joy also appears in The Northman as Olga, a woman who assists Amleth as he embarks on his quest of vengeance. Taylor-Joy has a history with Eggers, having appeared in films such as Last Night in Soho and the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit. Her breakout part in The Witch was her first.
Other notable cast members include Ethan Hawke (Before trilogy, The Good Lord Bird) as King Horwendil, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Lighthouse) as Heimir the Fool, Claes Bang as Fjölnir, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Hafór Julius Björnsson (aka The Mountain on Game of Thrones), and actor/musician Björk
Full Cast of “The Northman”
Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Guatav Lindh, Elliott Rose, Willem Dafoe, Phill Martin, Eldar Skar, Olwen Fouere, Edgar Abram, Jack Gassmann, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Oscar Novak, Jack Walsh, Bjork, Ian Whyte, Katie Pattinson, Andrea O’Neill, Rebecca Ineson, Kate Dickie, Isadora Bjarkardottir Barney, Kevin Horsham, Seamus O’Hara, Scott Sinclair, Tadhg Murphy, James Yates, Hafbor Julius Bjornsson, Ian Gerard Whyte, Ralph Ineson, Murray McArthur, Nille Glaesel, Jonas Lorentzen, magne Osnes, Ineta Sliuzaite, Finn Lafferty, Jon Campling, Helen Roche, Faoileann Cunningham, Gereth Parker, Mark Fitzgerald, Gavin Peden, Joel Hicks, Chris Finlayson, Eric Higgins, Matt Symonds, Luca Evans, James Harper-Jones, Thomas Harper-Jonas, Sheila Flitton, Lily Bird, Michael McGeown and Peter Vamos
Director of “The Northman”
Producer of “The Northman”
Garrett Bird, Francesca Cingolani, Mark Huffam, Lars Knudsen, Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer and Alexander Skarsgard
With his first two films, The Witch and The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers immediately established himself as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new directors. The Witch was a 17th-century horror film that told a simple but terrifying plot, whereas The Lighthouse is a 19th-century psychological thriller starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.
With The Northman, Eggers returns to these fanciful time periods. He’s foregoing the horror this time in favor of a big, bloody action film, though he’ll undoubtedly incorporate the dark, spiritual elements that were a hallmark of his early work.