Director Robert Eggers is about to debut his third film The Northman. Easily his most mainstream and accessible film to date, it still adheres to a particular trademark he has managed to establish. Historical-based psychological films that bridge the unnatural to those real moments in time with fine-threaded detail put into capturing those time periods. Even as The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2018) see characters suffering through visions of witchcraft, promethean realities, and fanged mermaids, Eggers makes sure the world around these bizarre visuals are believable to thus bridge audiences into the oddities he is trying to get to. At the premiere of his latest film, Northman co-star Nicole Kidman was quoted (via Reuters) just how felt working with such a director:
"It was extraordinary. The way Rob Eggers created this whole world. And it was really like stepping back into reality. The village. The research. All of the work that he put into it. And hopefully you can feel that jumping off the screen. It’s a crazy ride. And it’s violent but it’s Vikings."
Kidman, who plays the mother to the young Viking prince who is on a quest to avenge his father's murder, is no stranger to period pieces either. Having starred in films such as Far and Away, Cold Mountain, and Australia, she can at this point tell the difference between due diligence and sloppy research. In any case, the film has already premiered to critical acclaim with the direction, atmosphere, and production values all being praised (along with the performances in the story). In other words, Eggers seems to have once again captured another world and thrust audiences into it with full force. You'll get to find out yourself when the film has it's wide release on April 22nd. For now though, that immersive, brutal reality is captured vividly in a new red band trailer released today. Check it out below:
The Northman co-stars Alexander Skarsgård, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.