AFM: Magnolia Pictures Anoints 'The Last King' for North America

The Last King Still 2015
Photo by Ian Brodie

The Norwegian action-adventure drama has also presold across Europe.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Norwegian action-adventure epic The Last King from TrustNordisk. The medieval epic is set in 1205 when Norway was in the midst of a brutal civil war between the Norwegian king and the church.

Nils Gaup, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Pathfinder (1987) and local box-office hit The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008) directed The Last King with a star Scandi cast that includes Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju, Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Keeper of Lost Causes) and Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki). The film is currently in post with a Scandinavian release planned for Feb. 12, 2016.

TrustNordisk has already presold The Last King across much of Europe, with Koch Media taking German-language territories, Minerva Pictures nabbing Italy, Film Europe acquiring rights for the Czech Republic and Gulf Film taking the Middle East.

The Magnolia deal was negotiated by Dori Begley and John Von Thaden of Magnolia and TrustNordisk's Susan Wendt.