“Northman” Pair Talk Mud & Volcanoes

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“The Witch” and “The Lighthouse” director Robert Eggers will soon return with the dark Viking-era thriller tale “The Northman” which hits cinemas in late April.

Ahead of that release, Eggers and the film’s star Alexander Skarsgard have been talking up the film and the difficulty in shooting the story which was shot in difficult conditions and boasts long, intense single-shot fight scenes that utilized 40 stuntmen and horses and 200 extras .

Speaking with Total Film, Eggers explained that when he set out to make a Viking movie, he wanted three things: “I knew it needs to take place mostly in Iceland, it needs to have a revenge story, and it needs to have a naked swordfight on a volcano.”

Skarsgard tells the outlet this was “physically and mentally the most difficult job I’ve ever had… the days were really long and hard, and we were out in the mud, and up on these mountaintops with the wind and the cold.”

The story is reportedly based on the old saga “Prince Amleth of Jutland” which inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet. Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, and Ralph Ineson co-star in the film which hits theaters on April 22nd.

Check out some new photos from the film below.

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