Today Netflix released a first-look video of its upcoming historical action-adventure series Vikings: Valhalla. Check it out.
Opening in the 11th century, 100 years after the conclusion of the original Vikings series, Vikings: Valhalla chronicles the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Harald Hardrada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror (a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in the ever-changing and evolving world.
The lead cast includes:
- Sam Corlett (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Leif Eriksson — A Greenlander raised on the outer fringes of the known world, Leif comes from a tightly-knit family steeped in the old pagan beliefs. An intrepid sailor and physically tough, Leif is our entry into a Viking world in the throes of violent change.
- Frida Gustavsson (The Witcher) as Freydis Eriksdotter — Fiercely pagan, fiery and headstrong, Freydis is a staunch believer in the “old gods.” Like her brother, Leif, she reaches Kattegat as an outsider, but becomes an inspiration to those of the old ways.
- Leo Suter (Sanditon) as Harald Sigurdsson — Born into Viking nobility, Harald is one of the last Viking berserkers. Charismatic, ambitious and handsome, he is able to unite both followers of Odin and Christians.
- Bradley Freegard (Keeping Faith) as King Canute — The King of Denmark. A wise, savvy and ruthless Viking leader. Keeps his friends close and enemies closer. His ambitions will mold the course of history in the 11th century and make him a defining figure of the Viking age.
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (The Letter for the King) as Olaf Haraldsson — Olaf is Harald’s older half-brother. He is physically huge and ambitious, and a stern and unforgiving Viking. Olaf is an “Old Testament” Christian.
- Laura Berlin (Einstein) as Emma of Normandy — The young, ambitious Emma of Normandy is from the Norman court and of Viking blood. She is politically astute, and one of the wealthiest women in Europe.
- David Oakes (Victoria) as Earl Godwin — The ultimate survivor. Chief counsellor to the King of England. Born on the political fringes, his cunning ways get him far.
- Caroline Henderson (Christmas Star) as Jarl Haakon — A great warrior and tolerant leader, Haakon rules Kattegat with a steady hand. Though Pagan, she has managed to keep Kattegat a city open to all faiths in a challenging time. She will become a powerful mentor to Freydis, who is drawn to her wisdom.
Playing recurring characters are:
- Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead) as Queen Ælfgifu — Calculating and ambitious, Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark has a hand to play in the political power struggles unfolding in Northern Europe. She uses her charm and guile to great effect as she promotes the interests of her Mercian homeland and tries to assert herself in Canute’s growing power structure.
- Asbjørn Krogh Nissen (The Bridge) as Jarl Kåre — Jarl Kåre presents a threat to the old pagan ways.
A production of MGM Television, Vikings: Valhalla is executive produced by Jeb Stuart, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, Sheila Hockin, and John Weber. Stuart also serves as showrunner and writer. Award-winning director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragin Tattoo) directs and produces the first episode. Other Season 1 directors are Stephen St. Leger (Vikings) and Hannah Quinn (The Stranger). The series’ co-writers include Vanessa Alexander (The Great), Declan Croghan (Waking to Dead), and Eoin McNamee (Hinterland).
Vikings: Valhalla, a Netflix Original series, launches globally in 2022 exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Stay tuned for updates.
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