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‘The Northman’: 15 Things to Know About Robert Eggers’ 10th Century Viking Epic

Eggers' star-studded ensemble includes Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicole Kidman.

Robert Eggers and his "Northman" cast

Robert Eggers and his “Northman” cast

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“I don’t get a lot of writer’s block, because it’s all based on research,” filmmaker Robert Eggers once told IndieWire. Fans of the director shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that, as Eggers’ two features so far, “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse,” are memorable for their painstaking attention to detail and historical accuracy. Eggers doesn’t just recreate his settings (1690s New England for “The Witch,” 19th century seafarers for “The Lighthouse”), he resurrects them by finding real props from the era and more. All of this bodes well for “The Northman,” the director’s upcoming Viking epic, which gives him his biggest budget yet to play with and a 10th century setting that is sure to look spectacular and immersive on the big screen.

“It won’t look like Rob’s other movies but our underlying goal is still to create something subjective and formal at the same time, just done differently,” cinematographer Jarin Blaschke told Filmmaker Magazine about the new movie. “It’s not shaping up to be a very cutty movie. We don’t want long takes just to have long takes — it’s more about focusing ideas as much as possible, and also giving more power to the cuts when they happen. We are testing the limits of how visually succinct you can be while still conveying a lot of information. This is the precious BS we obsess over. Let us know how we did when we have something to show for it!”

With “The Northman” now lined up for an April 2022 theatrical release, let’s rundown every major detail we know about the project so far.

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