One of the year’s biggest movies, The Northman was released earlier this year, thanks to a collaboration between Focus Features and Universal Pictures. The Northman was directed by Robert Eggers, who previously worked on The Witch and The Lighthouse. The screenplay for the movie was written by Sjon, an Icelandic poet and novelist who has frequently collaborated with Bjork.
The Northman raked in mostly positive reviews, with most critics praising the cinematography, action sequences, and the impeccable performance of the cast. Film of the Week wrote about the movie, commenting on its gripping storytelling: “Blood runs, mud flies and bones crack — in crisp, percussive ways you’ve hopefully never heard in real life — throughout The Northman, a grand, gut-spilling Norse epic that feels at once earthily ancient and thrillingly modern.” The Nation also praised the movie: “The Northman is a brutal and violent film, felt in both its protagonist’s appetite for revenge and a world that seems to require suffering to continue turning.”
Despite strong reviews and backing from Hollywood A-listers, The Northman performed poorly in the box office, earning just $69 million against its $90 million budget. Nevertheless, those who saw the movie loved it, showing special appreciation to the cast members who breathed life into the film. If you want to learn more about the cast members of The Northman, look no further. Here are the actors who appeared in the epic historical action film The Northman.
Alexander Skarsgard stars in The Northman as Amleth, a Viking warrior prince. His previous movie projects include Zoolander, Generation Kill, and The Legend of Tarzan. He also played prominent roles on TV, most popularly the vampire Eric Northman in the TV series True Blood. Aside from The Northman, Skarsgard’s more recent movies include blockbusters such as Passing, Godzilla vs. Kong, and The Kill Team. He is set to star in an upcoming movie titled Infinity Pool, which is currently in post-production.
Nicole Kidman portrays Queen Gudrun in The Northman. An actress that needs no introduction, Kidman is an Academy Award winner whose most notable films include The Hours, Moulin Rouge! and Rabbit Hole. A true-blue Hollywood A-lister, Kidman’s more recent works include Being the Ricardos, which earned her another Oscar nomination for her portrayal of comedy icon Lucille Ball. On TV, she’s starred in Nine Perfect Strangers, Roar, and The Undoing. She is expected to star in another Amazon Prime Video series titled Expats, a show that she is also executive-producing.
Claes Bang plays Fjolinr the Brotherless in The Northman. The Danish actor has appeared in projects based in Denmark and the United States. His recent film work includes performances in The Glass Room, The Burnt Orange Heresy, The Last Vermeer, The Bay of Silence, Locked Down, and Hotel Boy. On TV, he’s played roles in The Outlaws, Bad Sisters, and Little Room. He will be appearing in an upcoming series titled The New Look, as well as a new movie called It Is In Us All.
Anya Taylor-Joy portrays Olga of the Birch Forest, a Slavic sorceress, in The Northman. A rising star in Hollywood, Taylor-Joy’s breakout role was Casey Cooke in Split, a role that she reprised in its sequel, Glass. Since then, she’s appeared in movies like Last Night in Soho and Emma. She’s also starred in the popular Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit. Taylor-Joy will be appearing in a new movie alongside Ralph Fiennes, titled The Menu. She is also set to appear in a movie based on the Mario video games, where she will be providing the voice for Princess Peach.
Ethan Hawke plays King Aurvandill in The Northman. A widely respected actor, Hawke is a recipient of numerous nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Tony Awards. His newer movies include The Guilty, The Black Phone, Zeros and Ones, and Cut Throat City. But perhaps his most critically acclaimed performance is as Officer Jake Hoyt in Training Day, for which he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. He would, later on, be nominated again in 2015, this time for his role in Boyhood.
Actor Willem Dafoe plays Helmir the Fool in The Northman. Like Hawke, Dafoe has received multiple nominations for his work, including four just from the Academy Awards. His past movies include Spider-Man, Nightmare Alley, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Antichrist, and The Card Counter. He has a long line of movies currently in the works, including Dead for a Dollar, Asteroid City, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, where he will reprise his role as Nuidis Vulko.
Other performers appearing in The Northman are Gustav Lindh, Elliott Rose, Bjork, Eldar Skar, Olwen Fouere, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Ian Whyte, Kate Dickie, and many others.