10:26am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Vikings' Enlists 'Hunger Games,' 'Law & Order' Actors for Season 2 (Exclusive)
History's Vikings is bulking up its ship for season two.
The drama has tapped The Hunger Games' Alexander Ludwig and Law & Order's Linus Roache as series regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Ludwig, who played Cato in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-seller, will portray Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).
Roache, whose credits include more than 60 episodes of NBC's flagship Law & Order series as ADA Michael Cutter, will play Ecbert, King of Wessex. The character is described as a being full of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition.
History renewed Vikings, its first original scripted series, for a 10-episode second season. Production will begin this summer for a 2014 return.
Ludwig, whose résumé also includes Race to Witch Mountain and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, is represented by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Roache, whose credits also include Coronation Street, Kidnapped and the Titanic miniseries, is repped by ICM Partners and Artists Independent.