Cannes: Stellan Skarsgard to Star in Zentropa Viking Film

Zentropa, the film company co-founded by Danish director Lars von Trier, said Hans Petter Moland will direct the movie based on 1940s novel "The Long Ships."

CANNES – Stellan Skarsgard will star in big-budget international Viking movie based on 1945 book The Long Ships (Rode Orm), producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen (Nyphomaniac, Melancholia, Dogville) unveiled here Saturday.

Zentropa, the film company he co-founded with Danish director Lars von Trier, had first announced the plans for the adaptation of the 1940s two-volume novel by Frans Bengtsson last year. At the time, it was described as the most ambitious Scandinavian viking project to-date.

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Speaking at a Saturday press conference organized by Swedish fund Film I Vast, he also said that Hans Petter Moland will direct the movie based on a script by Tobias Lindholm. The film will be shot largely in the South-West of Sweden in 2015.

Prominent guests present at the press conference in Cannes included actor Mads Mikkelsen, who stars in Danish Western The Salvation in the festival's lineup, and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen.

Among the other announcements Saturday, Hannes Holm will be directing A Man Called Ove, based on Fredrik Backman's best-selling novel. It will be shot in South-West Sweden and Spain during the fall 2014 and spring 2015.

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