Canadian Alexander Ludwig Joins the Cast
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NEW YORK/TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Last spring, HISTORY® introduced viewers to a clan of Norse warriors with a rapacious
appetite for warfare, knowledge and power. The gripping family saga of
Ragnar, Rollo, Lagertha, friends and enemies was a tale of brutality
and passion, alliances and infidelities, infighting and death. It
portrayed life in the Dark Ages, a world ruled by raiders and
explorers, through the eyes of Viking society.
The epic tale continues in 10 all-new episodes of Vikings, premiering Thursday, February 27 at 10p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY®. The hit scripted drama series centres on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a
restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new
lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now he is an
Earl, allied with King Horrik (Donal Logue). With more power than ever
before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains
Yet there's a heavy price to pay for Ragnar's ascent to greatness.
Season two brings crises of faith, of power, of relationships. Brothers
rise up against one another. Loyalties shift from friend to foe, and
unlikely alliances are formed in the name of supremacy. Ragnar's
indiscretions threaten his marriage to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick),
tearing him and his beloved son apart. Plots are hatched, scores are
settled, blood is spilled…all under the watchful eyes of the gods.
"Season one of Vikings was a smash hit for HISTORY, captivating a huge and dedicated audience
and becoming the top Canadian specialty drama of the year," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. "With epic storytelling and unforgettable characters, season two
delivers more battles, more betrayals and more bitter rivalries that
viewers won't want to miss."
New to the cast of Vikings are Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok, and
Linus Roache (Law & Order) as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and
undisguised ambition. They join Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok; Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar's wife; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar's impulsive, wild, care-free brother; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent Monk; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Donal Logue as King Horrik, who desires to make the increasingly famous Earl Ragnar
an ally and supporter; Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Viking ships;
and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar's new love interest.
Over its nine-episode first season, Vikings became Canada's #1 specialty entertainment drama of 2013*, with over 5 million Canadians tuning in to season one**.
Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst - one of the premiere historical story-tellers in the industry
(Academy-Award® winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated series The Tudors), Hirst serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O'Sullivan of
World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by
World 2000 and Take 5 Productions, in association with Shaw Media.
* Source: BBM Canada PPM Data 12/31/12-12/01/13 A25-54 All CDN Specialty
**Source: BBM Canada PPM Data CumRch (000) Ind 2+ 2/25/13-4/28/13
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