With the movie opening in theaters this Friday, April 22, Focus Features has brought online The Northman red band trailer featuring new footage! You can watch The Northman Red Band trailer using the player below.
The film (read our positive review) has been rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexual content and nudity by the MPA.
From visionary director Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse, The Witch), the film was written by Eggers and Sjón. The Northman is an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder.
In the movie, Young Prince Amleth is on the cusp of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Fleeing his island kingdom by boat, the child vows revenge.
Two decades later, Amleth is a Viking berserker raiding Slavic villages, where a seeress reminds him of his vow: avenge his father, save his mother, kill his uncle.
Traveling on a slave ship to Iceland, Amleth infiltrates his uncle’s farm with the help of Olga, an enslaved Slavic woman — and sets out to honor his vow.
The film features an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Gustav Lindh, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.
The producers of the film are Lars Knudsen, Mark Huffman, and New Regency.
Eggers’ last film was The Lighthouse (A24), a hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Before that, he directed The Witch (A24), which was set in 1630 New England. In the film, an English farmer relocates his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest – within which lurks an unknown evil.
Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately – animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies.
As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
“The intention with The Witch was to revitalize that archetypal figure after Hocus Pocus and countless Halloween decorations made witches no longer scary,” says Eggers.
“In the same way that The Witch asked its audience: You think you know what a witch is? Well, think again. We’re trying to explore and articulate what Vikings were about in a similar way.”