Nils Gaup’s “The Last King” follows a civil war raging in Norway. Aided by the Birch Legs rebel group, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church’s Bishopmen, who wishes to kill him and take over the throne. When the King falls ill and nears death, he welcomes an illegitimate son, who is the only remaining heir to the throne. Tasked with guarding the King’s son, two Birch Legs rebels Skjervald (Jakob Oftebro) and Torstein (Kristofer Hivju) must traverse treacherous lands with an infant in tow to help save their future leader. Watch an exclusive clip from “The Last King” above featuring Skjervald, who escapes near death after his family suffers a terrible fate.
“The Last King” is directed by Nils Gaup. After previously studying drama, working as an actor, and founding the first Sami language theater ensemble, Gaup wrote and directed his 1987 debut film “Pathfinder,” about a young Sami who uses bravery and wisdom to save his people from slaughter. It was the first film to feature all of its dialogue in Northern Sami and Gaup won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He also wrote and directed the family adventure film “Shipwrecked,” the black comedy “Head Above Water,” which was later remade in the US with Cameron Diaz and Harvey Keitel, and “North Star,” starring James Caan and Christopher Lambert.
“The Last King” will be in theaters, OnDemand, on Amazon Video and iTunes on June 17th.