The Northman: film plot, Rai 4, cast, Alexander Skarsgård

THEn air this evening at 9.20 pm on first TV on Rai 4, The Northman is a film directed by Robert Eggers inspired by an ancient Icelandic tale, from which Shakespeare also drew for its Hamlet. A Viking epic with a super cast with in the center Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman. And then Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and the singer Bjork.

Anya Taylor-Joy

The Northmanthe plot

Amleth (Skarsgård as an adultOscar Novak as a child) he is a young prince who, at the beginning of the 10th century, lived near the Orkney Islandsin the kingdom of Hrafnsey ruled by his father King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke)and from his mother there Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman). One day, returning from a long journey, the king he is murdered in front of his son at the hands of his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang).

To escape from certain death, Amleth leaves the island in a rowboat, vowing to avenge his father and save his mothernow in the clutches of Fjölnir. Twenty years after, the young man he joined a band of Vikings from Sweden who commit raids and raids along the rivers of Eastern Europe.

At a certain point Amleth meets a seer (Björk) who reminds him of his destiny and disguised as a slave, he returns to his homeland together with Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy), a witch with whom he has fallen in love in the meantime. Amleth and Olga they go to work as farmers on their uncle’s royal estate and the prince waits for the right moment to put his plan into action and finally avenge his father.

An epic film halfway between realism and mythology

Released in 2022, The Northman And Robert Eggers’ third film. Soon to be director of cult thanks to a handful of titles like The Witch – 2015 horror that launched Anya’s career – and the grotesque thriller, in an elegant black and white, The Lighthouse with Robert Pattinson.

Experimental author with great visionary talentOf Northman Eggers also writes the screenplay (together with the Icelandic writer Sjon), full of courage and imagination. A script that it contaminates myth with history, and legend with folklore – effectively mixing authorship and entertainment. And preferring – despite some avoidable narrative digressions – the bloody action of a man thirsty for revenge, filmed with a meticulous gaze.

The strength of the film – built on archetypes such as revenge, faith, religion, destiny and death – lies precisely in being one’s own straddling Scandinavian mythology and the realism of a raw staging yet contemporary. The Northman It thus becomes a journey of revengepunctuated by the vibrant rhythms of a soundtrack no less impressive than its grandiose staging.

Alexander Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy in a scene from “The Northman”. (Focus Features)

Alexander Skarsgård, from Sweden to Hollywood

Eldest son of the great actor Stellan SkarsgårdAlexander was born in Stockholm in 1976 and began his career at the age of eight, taking part in Swedish films and television series. In 2001 he landed in Hollywood in the cult Zoolander with Ben Stiller but success came in 2008 thanks to the role of Bill Compton in the TV series True Blood. For his role, that of the powerful vampire Eric Northman, the actor won three Scream Awards.

Alexander Skarsgård. (Getty Images)

The first important roles in the cinema arrived a few years later. First with Melancholia by Lars Von Trierthen in the film by Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, Mute. In 2017 he was in the cast, together with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, of the miniseries Big Little Lies – Little big lies.

Role that earned him a Emmy Award to Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries and his first Golden Globes as best supporting actor.

After a relationship with Charlize Theron, since 2020 he has been living with the Swedish actress Tuva Novotny. In the next few weeks Alexander will begin filming The Packhis first film as director where he will star alongside Florence Pugh. The story is that of a group of documentary makers who travel to the remote Alaskan wilderness for save a nearly extinct wolf species.


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