Robert Eggers‘ The Lighthouse – his follow up to The Witch – is about to get a wide release and most certainly creep people out. But the director is already shifting focus to his next film. Sources say it’s a viking revenge film titled The Northman set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century. And he’s already got some big names potentially lined up for lead roles.
Nicole Kidman and siblings Alexander and Bill Skarsgård are in talks to star in the project. Eggers is also reportedly bringing back actors from his previous films – The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy and The Lighthouse‘s Willem Dafoe.
Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård have worked together previously on Big Little Lies, which garnered both actors Emmy and Golden Globe wins. And getting Bill on board for a horror movie now is pretty exciting considering his work as Pennywise in both IT films.
Seeing him in the same genre, yet outside of that universe, should be fascinating. It will be the first film he and Alexander have worked on together since 2000.
Dafoe is a consummate pro, so it’s smart to bring him along too. And Eggers helped launch Taylor-Joy’s career with The Witch, so it’s no surprise that she is returning for another round with the director. They almost worked together again on the Nosferatu remake that eventually fell apart.
Eggers reportedly co-wrote The Northman alongside Icelandic poet/novelist Sjón. The film is being developed at New Regency, which also con-financed The Lighthouse. That film hits cinemas tomorrow.