Robert Eggers has made quite the name for himself as someone who goes all the way with his films - both The Witch and The Lighthouse, besides being viscerally unsettling and terrifying, are impressive feats of dedication in the way Eggers and his team painstakingly make the look and dialogue as accurate to the films' respective periods as possible.
But those two films were smaller and very self-contained tales of horror, whereas Eggers' latest film, titled The Northman is far larger in scale and more ambitious than anything he's done yet. It's the epic saga of the Viking prince named Amleth, a Scandinavian who served as the direct inspiration for William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The thrilling and blood-soaked tale seeks to upend the public's perception of vikings much in the same way The Witch did for witches.
Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth, who is thrown into a quest for revenge when he witnesses the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke) at the hands of his uncle (Claes Bang). Once Amleth's mother (Nicole Kidman) is taken captive, he's forced to flee his home but vows to return and seek the justice he feels is deserved. The film also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Björk.
Eggers worked on the script with Icelandic writer and frequent Björk collaborator Sjón. "It's basically the story of Hamlet or The Lion King, which was originally an old Norse story where the Hamlet character was called Amleth. We've told it in our own way," Eggers told Entertainment Weekly. "It is a Viking saga with magic and swords and mysticism and all the stuff that you'd want from that."
Check out the trailer below for what is sure to be another masterpiece from one the most exciting new filmmakers working today:
'The Northman' releases on April 22nd, 2022 only in theaters.