Now that Game of Thrones is over, the cast is ready for new roles, and, they’ve been busy. Kit Harington has gone off and joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Eternals’ Black Knight. Emilia Clarke is starring in the upcoming holiday film, Last Christmas, and the former Queen in the North, Sophie Turner, has landed a new role in the miniseries, Survive. Not one to be left behind in Westeros, Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju will be joining the new competition series, True Viking.
Per Deadline, Kristofer Hivju, who played the beloved and loyal Tormund Giantsbane on the HBO drama series, will be playing an entirely new role on the reality show True Viking. The actor will be hosting the competition series, which will follow contestants as they are challenged by Viking-like tasks and skill sets.
In addition to hosting the series, Kristofer Hivju signed a deal to produce the show through his production company, Tindefilm. Hivju’s company will co-produce True Viking alongside two British production companies, Zig Zag Productions and Wildflame.
The competition show will run for five weeks and the contestants will have to face Viking-like challenges and tasks that will test their physical and mental strength. Their challenges will include the likes of trekking through snowy mountainous terrain, ice fishing, hunting for their own food, and building shelters to sleep in and keep warm. I wonder if they’ll have to fight like Vikings, too, but that remains to be seen.
The tasks themselves sound fairly dangerous and the contestants will definitely have their work cut out for them. In addition to the treacherous tasks they’ll be doing, True Viking will honor the Viking culture by being set in the Norwegian region, including the location of one their most historic battles.
In a statement, Gry Molvær Hivju, Tindefilm’s executive producer and wife of Kristofer Hivju, shared how excited the company is to be producing True Viking.
Tindefilm – based in the homeland of the mighty Vikings – is honored to bring this truly authentic Viking history adventure series to the international market. The Norse heritage runs through our veins, and we are passionate about sharing our magnificent ancestral past with the whole world.
Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO of Wildflame Productions, is also thrilled to be bringing a piece of history to the new series.
Viking history is revered throughout the world. This extreme survival television adventure combines ancient skills with epic endurance set against a breathtaking backdrop. As passionate factual program makers it gives us the opportunity to bring history to life as we’ve never seen it before as we challenge 21st century men and women to step into the world of the most iconic and often feared tribes on earth.
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