Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) have signed on to star in Against The Ice, a survival movie for Netflix. The film is being produced by Baltasar Kormákur – who seems to have a thing for survival movies, having also produced Everest – and is reportedly a passion project for Coster-Waldau, who has also co-written the script with Joe Derrick.
The film is being adapted from the Danish novel of the same name, and is based on the true story of Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen. In 1909, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition led by Mikkelsen was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland, which was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land.
Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen. The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship becomes a treacherous ordeal. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue, and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned.
“Against The Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning. It combines a lot of themes that excite me: adventure, Greenland, companionship, loyalty and love. It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic dangerous setting”, Coster-Waldau said in a statement.
Danish director Peter Flinth is helming the film, which has already begun shooting. Netflix is expected to release it later this year.