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The Northman Director Discusses His Viking Epic

Robert Eggers Northerner releases in theaters and features an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård (Big little lies), Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit), Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman (Clock), Oscar nominees Ethan Hawke (Good Lord Bird), Willem Dafoe (At the Gates of Eternity), Klas Bang (Square) and Grammy/Oscar nominated Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk (Dancer in the dark).

The action takes place in Iceland in the 10th century. Northerner is «an epic revenge thriller that shows how far a Viking prince will go to get justice for his murdered father.»

Jonathan Sim of ComingSoon spoke to Northerner director Robert Eggers on his first blockbuster, working with familiar faces and more.

Jonathan Sim: Northerner is your biggest project in terms of budget. What was different about writing and directing a film on such a budget from your earlier, smaller works like The Witch and The Lighthouse?

Robert EggersA: Well, I mean, this is the first time I’m trying to make a film for a general audience. So entertainment should be my number one priority. Whereas in my first two films he was fifth or fifteenth. So that’s the point, how do I share my taste and my storytelling with a bunch of people?

It really pays off as the story unfolds on its own. You have also worked with actors such as Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe in the past. So what was it about these two that made you want to work with them again on this project?

Well, I mean, look, Willem Dafoe, I’ll happily accept that as one of the best actors that ever lived, and I’m lucky he enjoys working with me. So obviously I’m going to write a role for Willem and Anya, she’s just an incredible actress. I mean, how she can be ethereal and down to earth at the same time, her ability to talk, her intelligence, and the way she just blasts off the screen, how can I not want to work with her again, you know? I mean, it just makes sense.

From now on, would you like to keep telling stories on such a huge scale and scope and all these new genres, or do you ever want to go back to making less budget, experimental films?

At some point, I’d like to do another little New England folk tale, sort of a folk horror. The next film I would like is smaller than this one, but not as small as, say, The Lighthouse. But it would be great to make another big film again.

What do you hope viewers will take away from watching Severyanin? How do you hope they react to this?

I mean everyone should take whatever it tells them. But I think… Viking culture is a very complex culture. Beautiful poetry, beautiful art, advanced technology, their ships and their trade routes made the world very small, but it’s also a culture that was completely obsessed with terrible violence, and apparently we haven’t changed in a thousand years.

Is there a scene from this film that really strikes you as the scene that you most excited people to see, or something that was especially difficult to pull off?

The village raid and the big scene with Alex and Nicole are the two scenes I’m most proud of. That’s for sure.

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