Vikings: Valhalla

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Vikings: Valhalla
GenreHistorical drama
Created by
Country of origin
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Morgan O'Sullivan
  • Jeb Stuart
  • Michael Hirst
  • Sherry Marsh
  • Alan Gasmer
Production companyMGM Television
DistributorMGM Television and Digital Distribution
Netflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Chronology
Preceded byVikings

Vikings: Valhalla is an upcoming historical action-fiction drama television series, created by screenwriter Jeb Stuart, and a spin-off to History's Vikings. This series starts a century after the original series and will tell the tales of some of the best-known Norsemen in history: Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror, a Viking descendant.[1] It is set to premiere on Netflix on February 25, 2022.[2]

Overview[edit]

Set years after Vikings, the end of the Viking Age draws near as England stands against them. After the death of King Edward the Confessor, three lords make claim to the English throne. Leif Erikson has led Greenlanders across the North Atlantic. He is loyal to his family, but has trouble with his father, Erik the Red. Freydís Eiríksdóttir is his half-sister. A sexual assault by Christian Vikings has made her anti-Christian and she becomes the leader of the Old Norse religion against rising Christianity in Scandinavia, and will look for a new home for her people. She is romantically drawn into a relationship with Torsen, a Christian Viking from a royal family. Torsen is part of a battalion that is being assembled by King Harald Hardrada to avenge the massacre. He is guided by Alienor, his queen and Earl Colby, an Anglo-Saxon counselor.[3]

Vikings creator Michael Hirst notes that the show’s time period is one where "the Vikings have overrun most of England and they own Normandy".[4]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1TBANiels Arden Oplev[6]TBAFebruary 25, 2022 (2022-02-25)

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

On November 28, 2020, it was reported by one news outlet that they believe Danish actor Kenneth Christensen, Icelandic actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Swedish actress Frida Gustavsson, and David Oakes had been cast in the series.[3] Frida Gustavsson was later revealed to have been cast as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, while Jóhannes Haukur had been cast as Olaf "the Holy" through erroneously earlier reports stated that he had been cast as Harald Hardrada, a part given to Leo Suter. Caroline Henderson was cast as the current ruler of Kattegat jarl Haakon, a character based on Canute the Great's vassal ruler Haakon Ericsson. Bradley Freegard was cast as Canute the Great and Pollyanna McIntosh as his wife Ælfgifu. Sam Corlett was cast as Leif Eriksson.[7]

Other actors include German actress Yvonne Mai has been cast as Merin, and Bill Murphy has been cast as Odga. Irish actors Alan Devine has been cast as the Ealdorman of Kent and Gavin O'Connor will portray the Ealdorman of East Anglia. Devine and Bosco Hogan have previously appeared in Vikings as Ealdorman Eadric in the second season and Abbot of Lindisfarne in the fifth season, respectively.[3] Jack Mullarkey has been cast as a character named Toke.[8] Joakim Nätterqvist will portray Birkir,[9] and Ethan Dillon[10] was cast as Vestian.[11][12]

Writers[edit]

Showrunner Jeb Stuart's writing team includes Vanessa Alexander, Declan Croghan and Eoin McNamee.[13] The first episode will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev.[6]

Filming[edit]

Vikings: Valhalla started filming in early October 2020 at Ashford Studios, Wicklow, where Vikings was previously filmed. Shooting was suspended due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests, only to resume after a few days. At the time a number of cast and crew were reported to have tested positive; however, it emerged that the production had received a number of false positive tests.[14][15] Filming was planned to resume at Ashford Studios in Ireland beginning in August 2021.[16]

Production on the second season wrapped in November 2021.[17] Directors will include the BAFTA-winning Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, Steve Saint Leger who directed several episodes of Vikings[3] and Hannah Quinn.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (19 November 2019). "'Vikings: Valhalla': Netflix Orders 'Vikings' Sequel Series From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart & MGM TV". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 14 November 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Netflix's 'Vikings: Valhalla': Releasing in February 2022 & What We Know So Far". What's on Netflix. 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Asatryan, Tigran (28 November 2020). "Netflix's "Vikings Valhalla" Season 1: Everything We Know So Far". What's On Netflix. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Is Vikings: Valhalla coming in 2021?". 16 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z – Vikings: Valhalla on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b Cordero, Rosie (25 September 2021). "'Vikings: Valhalla': Michael Hirst's Historical Drama Introduces Series Heroes—Netflix Tudum". Deadline. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  7. ^ "'Vikings: Valhalla' Cast Members Revealed for Netflix Spinoff Full of Familiar Vikings". Collider. 26 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Jack Mullarkey". The Agency. Ireland. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  9. ^ "First 'Vikings: Valhalla' Teaser Reveals Netflix's Sequel Spinoff (Video)".
  10. ^ http://www.brennanactingagency.com/agency/cv/Ethan%20DillonCV.pdf
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ HOUGH, Q.V. (25 January 2021). "Vikings: Valhalla Cast Guide - Where You Know The Actors From". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (26 January 2021). "Vikings: Valhalla: Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson, Leo Suter, Bradley Freegard Among 10 Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  14. ^ White, Peter (8 October 2020). "'Vikings: Valhalla': Production Restarts In Ireland After COVID-19 False Positives". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 10 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Vikings spin-off Vikings: Valhalla resumes filming after 'false positive' COVID-19 scare". 9 October 2020. Archived from the original on 9 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Netflix's Vikings spin-off series Valhalla to resume filming in Ireland". KFTV.com. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  17. ^ "'Vikings: Valhalla' Season 2 Has Wrapped Production in Ireland". What's on Netflix. 2 November 2021.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (26 January 2021). "Vikings: Valhalla: Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson, Leo Suter, Bradley Freegard Among 10 Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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