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Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 06:02 PM
PREPARE for a new Viking invasion. Scotland will once again be taken over by the Scandinavian marauders for the most ambitious historical feature film shot in this country since Braveheart and Rob Roy stormed the box office a decade ago.

Valhalla Rising will involve some of the most elaborate scenes ever filmed in Scotland and will promote the theory that an expedition from Scotland reached North America centuries before Christopher Columbus.

The producers intend to commission a full-scale, 80ft replica of a Viking longship, take over a small west coast harbour - possibly Stranraer - cover it with sheeting and pump in their own fog to shoot scenes of the ship lost at sea.

The Vikings reach an unknown land and think they have died and gone to Valhalla, the Viking equivalent of heaven, but they are in fact in America.

Historians now accept that Vikings beat Columbus to the New World. Voyages are chronicled in Norse sagas and hard evidence has been found to prove their presence on the continent.

Valhalla Rising is a fictional action movie, but Ted Cowan, professor of Scottish history at Glasgow University and an internationally respected expert on the Vikings, said it was feasible that people from Scotland may have been among the first Europeans to reach America.

Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villain in the latest Bond movie, Casino Royale, has committed to the project, and filming is scheduled to begin in August, with six weeks in Scotland and nine in the US.

Mikkelsen, who is in demand following his appearance as Le Chiffre in the latest 007 film, will play the central role of Harald, a slave who has been in Scotland since childhood. It is intended that the rest of the cast will be Scottish with Gary Lewis, who worked with Martin Scorsese on Gangs Of New York, among those who have expressed an interest.

A budget of £4m is in place, which is low for a historical action film, but director Nicolas Winding Refn will employ his customary documentary style.

Refn is one of Scandinavia's most exciting young directors with his Pusher trilogy being hailed as Europe's answer to The Godfather. He made his American debut with the thriller Fear X with John Turturro and has been working on a Miss Marple TV series with Geraldine McEwan and Ronni Ancona.

Karen Smyth, the Scottish co-producer, said: "The way Nicolas will shoot it is in a gritty, realist documentary style. It's not Gladiator - there will be no big set pieces. It's more like [Mel Gibson's] Apocalypto. It's a great project, which will play big with the 16 to 25-year-olds. It's quite a violent film in that it reflects the time in which these guys lived."

The story is set at the beginning of the 11th century. Vikings have been living in Scotland for decades, but an expedition sets out to return to Scandinavia to fight the spread of Christianity.

Source (http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=185352007)

Friday, February 23rd, 2007, 12:49 AM
Oh man that sounds really awsome!! I cant wait to see that one when it comes out

Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 09:45 PM
Brutal stuff.


Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 10:10 PM
Some more trailers:



Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 12:47 PM
Wahalla Rising is in (too few :( ) french theatres since 10th of March