Netflix has revealed the principle cast for its upcoming epic Norse saga, Vikings: Valhalla, a spiritual successor to History’s Vikings series, which centered on Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons.
Vikings: Valhalla takes place around 100 years after the events of the History Channel series, and features legendary historical figures such as Norse explorer Leif Erikson (played by Sam Corlett) and the Danish king, Canute (portrayed by Bradley Freegard).
For the entire ensemble and the characters they are playing, read on or check out the list and gallery below:
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Vikings: Valhalla Cast
- Sam Corlett is Leif Eriksson
- Frida Gustavsson is Freydis Eriksdotter
- Leo Suter is Harald Sigurdsson
- Bradley Freegard is King Canute
- Jóhannes Jóhannesson is Olaf Haraldson
- Laura Berlin is Emma OF Normandy
- David Oakes is Earl Godwin
- Caroline Henderson is Jarl Haakon
- Pollyanna McIntosh is Queen Ælfgifu
- Asbjørn Krogh Nissen is Jarl Kåre
Back in 2019, we learned that Vikings: Valhalla is getting a 24-episode straight to series order from the streaming giant. Vikings creator Michael Hirst will serve as an executive producer alongside showrunner and lead writer Jeb Stuart (screenwriter for Die Hard and The Fugitive).
Here’s how Netflix describes the series: “Vikings: Valhalla begins in the early 11th century and chronicles the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Harald Hardrada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror. These men and women will blaze a path as they fight for survival in the ever-changing and evolving world.”
In an interview with IGN’s Jim Vejvoda, Hirst revealed why the Vikings franchise was making the switch from History to Netflix. “I think that it was a decision of History [Channel] also to stop their involvement because [they’re] not really doing, as far as I know, they’re not going to do drama anymore, or at least they’re going to go back to documentary making,” Hirst said. “MGM very much wants [Vikings] to continue so [it’s] important to stay friends.”
No release date for Vikings: Valhalla has been announced.
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