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ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY!
has just come to my attention that Stellan's son Sam got married
last year. He is the only Skarsgård
who has stepped out of the limelight and followed in his mother's
footsteps by becoming a doctor. The lanky 32-year-old and his girlfriend
Sanna were married in Stockholm on September 28, 2013. Stellan now has
the opportunity to become a Grandpa!
news today from Cannes about a new Scandinavian Viking film,
based on the book by Frans G. Bengstsson called RÖDE
ORM, which translates to Red Snake, Red Worm or Red Serpent.
Take your pick. Danish film producer Peter
Aalbaek Jensen announced that Hans Petter Moland will direct the movie
based on a script by Tobias Lindholm. Jensen told the
press, "We have made a package deal with the whole Skarsgård family.
Stellan gets to play the older Röde Orm
and then the rest of his sons can play him at different ages." Stellan,
however, laughs at this bold gambit. He makes it clear that he has not
signed on the dotted line. Presently filming John Le Carre's "Our Kind
of Traitor" in the French Alps, Stellan told the press, "I have not
signed any contract yet. Hans Petter rang the other day and asked if I
was interested. I do like the part. It's a fantastic book, one of the
juiciest tall tales of Swedish literature. A book of great humanity and
humor which also contains a fantastic adventure."
It's not the first time that
Stellan has been involved in a film adaptation of this book. About 20
years ago he would have played the role of the young Röde Orm
in Hasse Alfredsson's never-realized version. Stellan says, "Hasse had
written a wonderful script that was in line with Bengtsson's book, but
the funding was difficult. The script ended up in a script factory and
came back with soap opera clichés where women weep when men leave. The
Americans who were involved wanted to make it into a conventional
Bengtsson published the beloved
two-part adventure novel in 1941 and 1945. The story has been adapted as
a radio play, a comic book, and a musical. In 1963 Jack Cardiff directed
a very loosely adapted English-Yugoslavian production called "The Long
Ships", starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier.
Moland is clear about the source
material - "Even if the books were published 70 years ago, the content
has not grown old fashioned. There are ingredients and depictions of
Vikings that have never before been told in movies." He adds that
Bengtsson’s novels offer a political and social analysis of the times of
Stellan has previously taken on roles in Viking films; he played
Hrothgar in "Beowulf and Grendel" (2005) and Birger Brosa in the
semi-Viking "Arn" films (2007 and 2008). The production will be huge by
Scandinavian standards, and actors from Norway, Sweden and Denmark are
expected to join the cast. Filming will begin in 2016 in Southwest
Sweden with a budget around SEK 100 million. Like the "Arn" saga, it
will be released as two feature films as well as a four-part TV series.