Netflix has confirmed the cast for its upcoming historical-drama series “Vikings Valhalla,” which is also a spin-off to History Channel's Vikings series. We have already revealed the news of the casting back in December, you can check our news article here.
The Netflix original series comes from creator Michael Hirst, who continues the storytelling of his beloved epic Vikings saga. The series is produced by MGM Productions.
Today, Netflix confirmed Sam Corlett (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Frida Gustavsson (Swoon), Leo Suter (The Liberator), Bradley Freegard (Keeping Faith), Jóhannes Jóhannesson (Cursed), Laura Berlin (Immenhof – The Adventure of a Summer), David Oakes (The Pillars of the Earth) and Caroline Henderson (Tuya Siempre) as series regulars and Pollyanna McIntosh and Asbjørn Krogh Nissen as recurring.
Corlett will play Leif Eriksson. A Greenlander raised on the outer fringes of the known world, Leif comes from a tightly-knit family steeped in the old pagan beliefs. An intrepid sailor and physically tough, Leif is our entry into a Viking world in the throes of violent change.
Frida Gustavsson will portray Freydis Eriksdotter. Fiercely pagan, fiery, and headstrong, Freydis is a staunch believer in the “old gods.” Like her brother, Leif, she reaches Kattegat as an outsider but becomes an inspiration to those of the old ways.
Leo Suter is Harald Sigurdsson. Born into Viking nobility, Harald is one of the last Viking berserkers. Charismatic, ambitious, and handsome, he is able to unite both followers of Odin and Christians.
Bradley Freegard plays King Canute. The King of Denmark. A wise, savvy, and ruthless Viking leader. Keeps his friends close and enemies closer. His ambitions will mold the course of history in the 11th century and make him a defining figure of the Viking age.
JÓHANNES JÓHANNESSON is OLAF HARALDSON, A physically huge and ambitious Viking; stern and unforgiving. Olaf is an “Old Testament” Christian.
Laura Berlin plays Emma of Normandy. The young, ambitious, and one of the wealthiest women in Europe. Of the Norman court, and Viking blood.
David Oakes is Earl Godwin. The ultimate survivor. Chief counselor to the King of England. Born on the political fringes, his cunning ways get him far.
Caroline Henderson will play Jarl Haakon. A great warrior and tolerant leader, Haakon rules Kattegat with a steady hand. Though Pagan, she has managed to keep Kattegat, a city open to all faiths in a challenging time. She will become a powerful mentor to Freydis, who is drawn to her wisdom.
Pollyanna McIntosh recurs as Queen Ælfgifu. Calculating and ambitious, Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark has a hand to play in the political power struggles unfolding in Northern Europe. She uses her charm and guile to great effect as she promotes the interests of her Mercian homeland and tries to assert herself in Canute's growing power structure.
Asbjørn Krogh Niseen is Jarl Kåre, who presents a threat to the old pagan ways.
“Vikings Valhalla” is set 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.
Jeb Stuart, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, Sheila Hockin, and John Weber are executive producers. Stuart also serves as showrunner and writer. Award-winning director Niels Arden Oplev will direct and produce the first episode. Other Season One directors are Stephen St. Leger and Hannah Quinn. Joining Stuart as writers are Vanessa Alexander, Declan Croghan, and Eoin McNamee.
“Vikings: Valhalla” will premiere later in 2021 on Netflix. The show is currently in production in Ireland after multiple delays due to COVID Pandemic.
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