Vocalist Johan Hegg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH has been confirmed to join the cast of "Northmen - A Viking Saga". Ralph Dietrich, chief executive officer, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, made the announcement today. Hegg will join the production in South Africa this month, playing the role of Viking warrior Valli.
Said Hegg: "The mythology behind our Viking heritage is engrained in everything we do and it is awesome to have the opportunity to be part of 'Northmen - A Viking Saga'. This is going to be one epic adventure and I cannot wait to be on set with my co-stars and this fantastic filmmaking team!"
Dietrich added: "It is an honor to have metal icon Johan Hegg set sail with us and we could not be more excited. Such a fitting addition, Johan's music, as the lead singer of AMON AMARTH, is synonymous with the Viking experience that we are bringing to life in 'Northmen - A Viking Saga'."
Hegg joins "Northmen - A Viking Saga"'s international cast, which includes Tom Hopper ("Knights Of Badassdom", "Black Sails", "Merlin"), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood", "The Right Kind Of Wrong"), Ken Duken ("Das Adlon", "Inglorious Basterds"), Charlie Murphy ("Philomena", "The Village"), Ed Skrein ("The Sweeney", "Ill Manors", "Game Of Thrones"), Anatole Taubman ("Quantum Of Solace", "The Tudors") and James Norton ("Rush", "Belle").
Directed by Claudio Fäh ("Sniper: Reloaded", "Hollow Man 2") and scripted by Matthias Bauer and Bastian Zach, the film is co-produced by Elite Filmproduktion AG, Two Oceans Production and Jumping Horse Film GmbH. The producers are Karin G. Dietrich, Ralph S. Dietrich and Daniel Hoeltschi for Elite, Giselher Venzke and Bertha Spieker for TOP and Marco Del Bianco, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm and Rolf Wappenschmitt for Jumping Horse. VFX production is by Day For Night GmbH.
Nordmedia Fonds GmbH has subsidised the project's development to date, with production financing from Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen. "Northmen" receives further subsidies from South African National Film And Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Department Trade And Industry (DTI).
The Salt Company (London) is handling worldwide sales and contracts have already been placed for major territories including the U.K., France, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.