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Nicole Kidman set to star in Belfast film The Northman


Nicole Kidman (Ian West/PA)

Nicole Kidman (Ian West/PA)

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Nicole Kidman (Ian West/PA)

Nicole Kidman is expected to star in a Viking revenge film set to be produced in Northern Ireland next year.

The Northman is set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century and is also expected to star brothers Alexander and Bill Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Director Robert Eggers, whose film The Lighthouse is currently in cinemas, will also be reunited with actor William Defoe.

Eggers is currently living in Northern Ireland in preparation for the film which is expected to be shot over 19 weeks, according to the Sunday Times.

Claes Bang, who plays Dracula in the BBC's current adaption of the Bram Stoker tale, is also attached.

The Lighthouse is shot in black and white but Mr Eggers said this will not be the case for The Northman. "The movie is too expensive [for that]" he said in an interview with entertainment website Collider.

The film is the latest in a series of productions in Northern Ireland following on from runaway success Game of Thrones, which was filmed here between 2011 and 2019.

Actor Guy Pearce is starring in science-fiction film Zone 414, which is shot in Belfast according to entertainment website Deadline.

The film is set in a colony of humanoid robots in the near future and also features Travis Fimmel, who played the lead in Wicklow drama Vikings between 2013 and 2017.

Belfast film producer Mark Huffam, who was one of the figures behind bringing Game of Thrones to Northern Ireland, is producing both The Northman and Zone 414.

Belfast Telegraph