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Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (born August 25, 1976) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, a male model in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nicole Mary Kidman (born 20 June 1967) is an American and Australian actress and producer. Known for her work across various film and television productions from several genres, she has continuously remained one of the world's highest-paid actresses. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and six Golden Globe Awards. Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller film Dead Calm and the miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In 1990, she achieved international success with the action film Days of Thunder. She received greater recognition with lead roles in Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). In 2003, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of writer Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002). She received additional Academy Award nominations for her roles in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) and the dramas Rabbit Hole (2010), Lion (2016) and Being the Ricardos (2021). Kidman's television roles include Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), Big Little Lies (2017–2019), Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017), The Undoing (2020) and Nine Perfect Strangers (2021). For Big Little Lies, she received two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Lead Actress and the other for Outstanding Limited Series as an executive producer. Kidman has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, she was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia. She was married to actor Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001 and has been married to country music singer Keith Urban since 2006. In 2010, she founded the production company Blossom Films. In 2004 and 2018, Time magazine included her on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2020, The New York Times named her one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Description above from the Wikipedia article Nicole Kidman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Claes Bang was born on April 28, 1967 in Denmark as Claes Kasper Bang. He is an actor, known for The Square (2017), The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) and Bron/Broen (2011). He is married to Lis Kasper Bang. He graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in 1996. His name is pronounced "Class Bun-g". Apart from his native Danish, he's fluent in Swedish, Norwegian, English and German.
Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and director. He made his feature film debut in 1985 with the science fiction movie Explorers, before making a supporting appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society which is considered his breakthrough role. He then appeared in such films as White Fang (1991), A Midnight Clear (1992), and Alive (1993) before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he gained critical acclaim. In 1995, he starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in its sequel Before Sunset (2004). In 2001, Hawke was cast as a rookie police officer in Training Day, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. Other films have included the science fiction feature Gattaca (1997), the title role in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000), the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), and the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Hawke has appeared in many theater productions including The Seagull, Henry IV, Hurlyburly, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale and The Coast of Utopia, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. He made his directorial debut with the 2002 independent feature Chelsea Walls. In November 2007 Hawke directed his first play, Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want. Aside from acting, he has written two novels, The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002). Between 1998 and 2004, Hawke was married to actress Uma Thurman. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ethan Hawke, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Anya-Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is a British-American actress and model. She left school at age sixteen and began to pursue an acting career. After small television roles, she made her film debut with the lead role of Thomasin in the horror film The Witch (2015). She went on to star in the horror film Split and the black comedy Thoroughbreds (both 2017). She also appeared in the drama miniseries The Miniaturist (2017), the fifth and sixth series of Peaky Blinders (2019–2022) and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), and the superhero film Glass (2019), reprising her role from Split. Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach in the upcoming Mario film (2022) and portray the title character in Furiosa (2024).
William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, in addition to receiving nominations for four Academy Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a British Academy Film Award. He frequently collaborates with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Julian Schnabel, and Wes Anderson. Dafoe was an early member of experimental theater company The Wooster Group. He made his film debut in Heaven's Gate (1980), but was fired during production. He had his first leading role in the outlaw biker film The Loveless (1982) and then played the main antagonist in Streets of Fire (1984) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). He received his first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actor) for his role as Sergeant Elias Grodin in Oliver Stone's war film Platoon (1986). In 1988, Dafoe played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and costarred in Mississippi Burning, both of which were controversial. After receiving his second Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actor) for portraying Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dafoe portrayed the supervillain Norman Osborn / Green Goblin in the superhero film Spider-Man (2002), a role he reprised in its sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) earning him the Guinness World Record for the "longest career as a live-action Marvel character". He also portrayed the villains in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and XXX: State of the Union (2005), as well as Carson Clay in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007). In 2009, he starred in the experimental film Antichrist, one of his three films with Lars von Trier. Dafoe then appeared in The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel (all 2014), The Great Wall (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), The Florida Project (2017) (for which he received his third Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category), The Lighthouse (2019), The French Dispatch, and Nightmare Alley (both 2021). He portrayed Nuidis Vulko in the DC Extended Universe films Aquaman (2018), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022). Dafoe has portrayed several real-life figures, including T. S. Eliot in Tom & Viv (1994), Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini (2014), Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate (2018) (for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, his first in that category), and Leonhard Seppala in Togo (2019).
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The Northman is a 2022 American epic historical action thriller film directed by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the script with Sean. Based on Legends of Amreth, the film stars Alexander Skarsgard (who also produced), Nicole Kidman, Cress Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe. The plot revolves around a Viking prince, Amleth, who sets out to avenge his father's murder. The film is heavily influenced by Norse mythology.
Skarsgard had wanted to make a Vikings film for several years, but Eggers decided to make this film his third project after the two met to discuss a possible collaboration. Most of the cast joined in October 2019 and filming took place from August to December 2020 in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Iceland.
The Norseman will have its world premiere at the Rigoletto Cinema in Stockholm on March 28, 2022. His theatrical release begins on April 13, 2022 in select countries, and his April 22, 2022 theatrical release in the United States to critical acclaim, along with its direction, production values, Skarsgard, Kidman, Bang's performance received particular praise. Although the film did poorly at the global box office, he later found financial success in VOD and other post-theatrical markets.
In 895 AD, after his overseas conquests, King Orvandir returns to the fictitious island of Phrahusey and is reunited with his wife, Queen Gudrun, and his successor, Prince Amleth. In preparation for Amleth's eventual ascension, father and son attend a ceremony presided over by the jester of Orvandill, Heimir. Heimir tells Amleth that his fate has been decided and that he cannot escape from him, and Amleth says that if Orvandil is killed, he will take revenge on his father rather than live his life in shame. I swear. The next morning, Amleth's illegitimate uncle Fjolnir staged a palace coup, personally beheading Ouvandil, sacking the hilltop fortress, and kidnapping Gudrun. Amleth narrowly escapes Fjolnir's assassins and flees in a boat, swearing revenge.
Years later, the adult Amleth is Wolf Hesner with a group of Vikings. After attacking the village of Gardariki, Amleth meets the Prophet at the Temple of Svetovit. The seer states that it is Odin's will that Amleth seek revenge on Fjornir, and advises Amleth to "follow the fox's tail", and that his fate is intertwined with that of the Maiden King. , we learn that "Fjolnir without Brothers" has been usurped by King Harald Fairhair of Norway and now lives in Iceland as a shepherd. Amleth cuts his hair and pretends to be a slave. He sneaks into the ship. He meets an enslaved Slav named Olga who claims to be a sorceress. They are taken to Fjornir's farm, where Amleth learns that his mother married Fjornir and bore him a son named Gunnar.
One night, Amleth follows a vixen and encounters a he-witch, who facilitates a spiritual dialogue between Amleth and the skull of Heimir, whom Fjölnir has also murdered. The he-witch also tells Amleth about Draugr, a magical sword at the Gates of Hel. Amleth enters a mound and obtains the blade after fighting the undead Mound Dweller. He hides the sword upon his return to the farm. The next day, Amleth is selected to compete in a game of knattleikr against another farm. The game turns violent and Gunnar is almost killed, but Amleth saves him. As a reward, Fjölnir's adult son, Thorir, grants him overseer duties and allows him to choose a woman.
During the evening celebrations, Amleth and Olga make love; they promise to overcome Fjölnir together. Amleth kills several of Fjölnir's men, and Olga mixes their food with fly agaric, a potent hallucinogen. The ensuing chaos and the suspicion that the Christian slaves are behind the killings allows Amleth to enter Fjölnir's house. Amleth reveals his identity to Gudrún, who replies that she was Aurvandil's slave and that Amleth was conceived by rape. Gudrún also reveals that she masterminded Fjölnir's coup because she wanted both Aurvandill and Amleth dead; she then mockingly tries to seduce Amleth, who recoils in disgust. Enraged, Amleth kills Thorir, and then cuts out and steals his heart.
Gudrún reveals Amleth's true identity to Fjölnir and calls for the death of her eldest son. Fjölnir decides to kill Olga, but Amleth offers to trade Olga's life for Thorir's heart. After a severe beating, Amleth is released from his restraints by a flock of ravens sent by Odin. Olga also rescues Amleth, who tells her that his mother has murdered his past. Amleth decides to abandon his quest for revenge, and the two decide to escape by boat to his kinsmen in the Orkney Islands. But Amleth then has a vision and discovers that Olga is pregnant with twins, one of whom will be the Maiden-King prophesied by the Seeress. Realizing that Olga and their children will never be safe while Fjölnir lives, Amleth, despite Olga's pleas, jumps overboard and swims ashore.
Back at the farm, Amleth frees the slaves and kills Fjölnir's warriors. While searching for Fjölnir, Amleth is attacked by Gudrún and drives Draugr through her heart. Gunnar jumps on Amleth's back, stabbing his half-brother repeatedly until Amleth kills him, too. Fjölnir, discovering his wife and son dead, coldly tells Amleth to meet him at the Gates of Hel. At the crater of the volcano Hekla, Amleth and Fjölnir engage in a fierce Holmgang until Fjölnir is beheaded and Amleth is fatally stabbed simultaneously. As he lies dying, Amleth has a vision of Olga embracing their two children, whom she tells him are safe, before urging him to let go. A valkyrie carries Amleth through the gates of Valhöll (Valhalla).
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