The Northman, a film written by Icelandic author Sjón and Robert Eggers, premiered in London yesterday. A “Viking revenge movie,” the film also features a few Icelanders, including a brief appearance by Björk. The premiere was well-received, with one critic calling the film “spectacular” and “visually stunning.”
A star-studded cast graces the action-filled epic, including Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, and Alexander Skarsgård as Prince Amleth, the central character. Icelanders Ingvar E. Sigurðsson and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson also make an appearance in the film.
The film follows the life of Prince Amleth, who goes on a quest to avenge his father’s murder. The killer is none other than the prince’s uncle, who also kidnaps the boy’s mother. The script is based on the same Scandinavian folk tale that inspired Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The Northman premieres in Iceland on April 14.