SNEAK PEEK - 'Vikingdom': Meet Dominic Purcell and the cast
Purcell of 'Prison Break' fame jumps onboard Yusry Abdul Halim’s new “Vikingdom” which will be shot in Malaysia at KRU Studios.
After the success of "Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa" (a.k.a. The Malay Chronicles) in the international arena, KRU Studios announced the commencement of production of its first English language feature film fully produced in Malaysia entitled "Vikingdom" directed by Yusry Abdul Halim.
Principal photography commenced on the 15th October 2011 starring Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break") as Eirick, a Viking warrior who must face his violent past and lift the sword to face a demigod of incalculable power. "Vikingdom" is the first installment of an epic trilogy based on theancient Vikings myth and history.
Craig Fairbrass (BBC's "Eastenders" and "House of the Rising Sun"), Natassia Malthe ("Bloodrayne"), and Jon Foo ("Tekken") fill the remaining principal roles. 7'1" tall real life giant, Conan Stevens (playing Azog in the current production of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit"), will play the invincible villain, Thor.
Massive sets and cutting edge digital technology will form the cornerstone of this production in creating incredible worlds that are a hyper-real combination of historical fact and fantasy. "Apart from the stylized action choreography, extensive production design and visual effects, my emphasis has always been on the structure... fast paced story-telling, and character development. I would like the audience to be awed not only with the production value of the film but most importantly the substance of the story," says Yusry.
Dominic Purcell states, "I attached myself firstly to "Vikingdom" because of the story. It appealed to me on many levels. It reminded me of "Highlander" and "Conan." Movies steeped in mythology and heroic principles. We are not making "Brave Heart" or "Gladiator." This is an entirely new way at looking at this genre. Rather than using dark, grey colours we are using big, bold beautiful colours and textures to seduce our audience. Violence aplenty, humour in the right places, and a subtle love story it appeals to all. I have been more than impressed blown away actually with the production values, cinematography, and Yusry, a young director with enormous potential. A true talent. I truly believe that we have a special movie on our hands that will appeal to a wide audience. Besides who doesn't want to watch a viking movie?"
Check out the other stars and some behind-the-scenes shots of "Vikingdom." The film is set to release worldwide in the first quarter of 2013.
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