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We’re not gonna lie- Robert Eggers‘ upcoming film “The Northman” has us VERY interested. The all-star cast alone is worth being excited for, especially now that Björk has joined the production as a character called “The Slav Witch.”

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Listed currently as a “historical revenge film” set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century. The project begun filming in Belfast, Ireland. Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón Sigurdsson co-wrote the script with Eggers. Considering the previous credits to Eggers’ name- “The VVitch,” “The Lighthouse,”- we have nothing but faith in the Viking tale.

“There’s many locations in the film, so we were constantly going on scouts to find places or reassess places that we have found and we’re building sets there,” Eggers told IndieWire during a video interview back in April. “We’re designing all these worlds, building these villages, we’re making thousands of costumes and props, training the horses the things they’ll need to do, designing the shots of the films. There’s a lot more storyboarding. Generally I only storyboard the scenes that have visual effects or animals and stunts, things where all the departments need to be on the same page for it to work out. But this movie there is rarely a scene that isn’t on a boat or doesn’t have a lot of extras. We’re storyboarding most of the film, which is taking a lot of time and we’re continuing to do that now on this hiatus.”

The Northman” also stars Bill Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, Claes Bang, and Willem Dafoe.

We’ll let you know what else we hear about this production.

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