Alexander Skarsgard (HBO’s True Blood), the son of fellow actor Stellan Skarsgard (Taking Sides) will next be seen in a skimpy Viking costume. The vampire bad boy with a true, but not-beating heart will take his Nordic good looks in a new epic that is said to be in a similar vein to Gladiator or Braveheart.
The movie, which is going by the working title The Vanguard, will be written by screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal.
The story centers on the adventures of two Viking warrior brothers who embark on a journey to return to Sweden after being banished to North America.
The project is being eyed as a potential tentpole for WB Studios.
Since Skarsgard has three brothers, named Gustaf, Bill and Valter, one of them could be the second one Viking warrior, at least.
Because this is in the very early stages, no further information is available at this time.
Besides vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Skarsgard is also known for his roles as a male model in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
The Vanguard will be Skarsgard’s first leading role, but his upcoming busy film slate includes roles in Peter Berg’s Battleship (will be released in May 2012), then Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake (set to be released September 16, 2011) and will next be seen in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, which also co-stars his father, Stellan Skarsgard.
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