GLOBAL HEAVY METAL FRONTMAN SETS SAIL ON VIKING SAGA
Cape Town, 18th September 2013 – Global heavy metal vocalist, Johan Hegg, has been confirmed to join the cast of Northmen – A Viking Saga. Ralph Dietrich, chief executive officer, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, made the announcement today. Hegg, the frontman of Sweden’s heavy metal titans Amon Amarth, will join the production in South Africa this month, playing the role of Viking warrior Valli.
Said Hegg “The mythology behind our Viking heritage is engrained in everything we do and it is awesome to have the opportunity to be part of Northmen – A Viking Saga. This is going to be one epic adventure and I cannot wait to be on set with my co-stars and this fantastic filmmaking team!”
Dietrich added “It is an honour to have metal icon, Johan Hegg, set sail with us and we could not be more excited. Such a fitting addition, Johan’s music, as the lead singer of Amon Amarth, is synonymous with the Viking experience that we are bringing to life in Northmen – A Viking Saga.”
Amon Amarth are a melodic heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden who this past June released their ninth studio album titled Deceiver Of The Gods via Metal Blade Records. The album landed at #19 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, #3 on the German Top 100 album chart making it the band’s highest charting album to date.
Hegg joins an international cast including; Tom Hopper (Knights of Badassdom, Black Sails, Merlin), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, The Right Kind of Wrong), Ken Duken (Das Adlon, Inglorious Basterds), Charlie Murphy (Philomena, The Village), Ed Skrein (The Sweeney, Ill Manors, Game of Thrones), Anatole Taubman (Quantum of Solace, The Tudors) and James Norton (Rush, Belle).
Directed by Claudio Fäh (Sniper: Reloaded, Hollow Man 2) and scripted by Matthias Bauer and Bastian Zach, the film is co-produced by Elite Filmproduktion AG, Two Oceans Productio and Jumping Horse Film GmbH. The producers are Karin G. Dietrich, Ralph S. Dietrich and Daniel Hoeltschi for Elite, Giselher Venzke and Bertha Spieker for TOP and Marco Del Bianco, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm and Rolf Wappenschmitt for Jumping Horse. VFX production is by Day for Night GmbH.
Nordmedia Fonds GmbH has subsidised the project’s development to date, with production financing from Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen. NORTHMEN receives further subsidies from South African National Film and Video Foundation(NFVF) and the Department Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Salt Company (London) is handling worldwide sales and contracts have already been placed for major territories including the UK, France, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
left: Johan Hegg
right: The Northmen Cast, from left-right: Mark Strepan; Johan Hegg; Ken Duken; James Norton; Charlie Murphy; Anatole Taubman; Ed Skrein; Leo Gregory; (front) Darrell D’Silva; Tom Hopper
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