Few emerging filmmakers have managed to grab the attention of audiences far and wide in recent years quite like Robert Eggers.

The 38-year-old American filmmaker’s directorial feature debut The Witch announced him as a promising talent within the horror genre and his 2019 sophomore effort The Lighthouse cemented him as such.

With two critically acclaimed and heavily discussed films under his belt, anticipation for his next project was essentially immediate. While fans were expecting another horror effort, he instead shifted genres, offering a historical epic that promises to be his most ambitious yet.

With critics praising it, the time has come to consider where to watch The Northman.

still from The Northman trailer, Universal Pictures UK

Where to watch The Northman

The Northman is screening exclusively in UK cinemas from Friday, April 15th, whereas US audiences can catch it in theaters from Friday, April 22nd 2022.

So, the big screen is the only place to check out the movie upon initial release and there is no streaming information as of yet. It will likely be made available as a rental on the likes of iTunes and Amazon Video as soon as the theatrical window has closed.

As for what to expect, this vicious tale of revenge focuses on Prince Amleth, whose father is killed when he’s on the cusp of adulthood. Fast forward twenty years and he is now a powerful Viking with a vow he is determined to fulfil.

Tasked with avenging his father, murdering his uncle and saving his mother, a bloody quest begins.

The Northman | Official Trailer 1

The Northman | Official Trailer 1

A cast you cannot afford to miss

One of the reasons that The Northman has demanded so much attention is because it boasts a star-studded cast:

  • Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth
  • Nicole Kidman as Queen Gudrún
  • Claes Bang as Fjölnir
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga of the Birch Forest
  • Ethan Hawke as King Aurvandill War-Raven
  • Willem Dafoe as Heimir the Fool
  • Kate Dickie as Halldora the Pict
  • Gustav Lindh as Thorir the Proud
  • Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson as He-Witch
  • Murray McArthur as Hákon Ironbeard
  • Ian Whyte as The Mound Dweller
  • Katie Pattinson as Shield-maiden
  • Ian Gerard Whyte as Thorvaldr Giant-Crusher
  • Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Thorfinnr
  • Doa Barney as Melkorka
  • Olwen Fouéré as Ashildur Hofgythja
  • Ralph Ineson as Captain Volodymyr

‘We don’t have to imagine much’

Anya Taylor-Joy recently spoke with Total Film about the experience of working on The Northman, and obviously, it was no walk in the park, to say the least:

“Because of the authenticity that we’re bringing to it, in terms of the costume, in terms of the landscape… we don’t have to imagine much. You can just inhabit. You can just exist. You’re not on a stage where the director is saying, ‘Hey, remember, it’s really bloody cold.’”

She continued: “It gives you a real appreciation as to how tough these people were. Because nothing about this life is easy. There is no cushy going home and watching a movie while you’re all toasty, eating dinner. No, it’s pretty miserable all of the time.”

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