Want to catch a sneak peek of History’s next great sword-swinger ‘Vikings?’ Entertainment Weekly snagged a first look at the new series, set to debut in 2013, featuring plenty of battle if precious little glimpse of the story or its recognizable actors.
Having previously cast veteran actor Gabriel Byrne for the series, ‘Vikings’ features Travis Fimmel in the central role of Ragnar Lothbrok, Viking hero of the tale, while joining him are Jessalyn Gilsig (‘Glee‘) as Siggy, the wife of Earl Haraldson (Byrne), Gustaf Skarsgard as Ragnar’s friend Floki, Clive Standen as his devious cousin Rollo, and Katheryn Winnick as first wife, and warrior Lagertha.
‘Vikings’ follows actual historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok, considered to be the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods. According to the report, “legend has it that he was a direct descendent of Odin, the god of war and warriors.”
‘Vikings’ will set sail in 2013 as a 10-episode drama from MGM TV and ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Camelot’ creators Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan. The series had been announced for development early in 2011, but was only picked up by The History Channel this past March.