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Alexander Skarsgard: A ‘Treat’ to reunite with Nicole Kidman for ‘The Northman’

Alexander Skarsgard says it was “such a pleasure” to reunite with Nicole Kidman in his new Viking epic The Northman.

The Swedish actor said it was a “privilege” to be able to explore more intimate scenes with his Oscar-winning co-star, as well as action sequences.

Kidman and Skarsgard previously worked together on the popular US drama Big Little Lies, playing married couple Celeste and Perry Wright.

In The Northman, the pair play mother and son, with Kidman as Queen Gudrun and Skarsgard as the vengeful Viking Prince Amleth.

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Nicole Kidman arrived at the premiere of The Northman with her husband, country music star Keith Urban (Image: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Speaking of shooting with Kidman at the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles, Skarsgard told the PA news agency: “It was such a treat.

“There’s a long scene in the film where my character tells his mother who he is and reveals that he’s her son.

“It is a great privilege to be able to shoot such a scene in such an intimate setting with Nicole.

“You can shoot massive action scenes and set pieces in the same movie. It’s pretty rare these days, it’s often one or the other.

“To have the privilege of working on material that is so intelligent, so deep, so complex but also so entertaining has been a real privilege.”

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Skarsgard’s arrival at the Hollywood Boulevard premiere was greeted by screams from fans and the actor crossed the busy street to sign autographs.

He walked the carpet alongside director Robert Eggers and Kidman, who arrived with her husband, country star Keith Urban.

Other co-stars at the premiere included Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe and Rebecca Ineson, daughter of English actor Ralph Ineson.

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Anya Taylor Joy caused a stir at the Viking epic premiere in Los Angeles (Image: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Ralph Ineson was cast in Eggers’ 2015 New England fairy tale The Witch.

His daughter told PA that working with the director “has become something of a dynasty.”

“Watching my dad work with Rob before and learning from such a great experience he had with him made it a wonderful job at The Northman,” she said.

Eggers said, “There’s a lot of family dynamics in this film… I like that.

“My films aren’t easy to make, so it’s nice to have these trusting relationships.”

Set in 10th-century Iceland, The Northman was set to be filmed in locations around the world, but the pandemic thwarted it.

The team had to recreate the film’s Scandinavian look and feel in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as rethink filming locations and set construction.

The Northman hits theaters in the UK and Ireland on April 15.

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