Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Oscar-nominated director Nils Gaup’s Nordic epic The Last King. The film stars stars Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) and Kristofer Hivju (Game Of Thrones) as medieval warriors who embark on a perilous journey through the Norwegian mountains to take their dying king’s infant son to safety. Magnolia plans a 2016 theatrical release.
A true tale set in civil war-ravaged Norway, The Last King depicts the rebel-supported king in his battle against the church’s Bishopsmen, who seek to seize the throne. On his deathbed, the king welcomes a son, born in secrecy to conceal him from the half of the kingdom that wants the king dead. Tasked with guarding the heir to the throne, two rebel Birch Legs warriors, Skjervald (Oftebro) and Torstein (Hivju), take the child and embark on their quest.
From the director of Pathfinder and The Kautokeino Rebellion, The Last King was written by Ravn Laneskog and co-starring Thorbjorn Harr (Vikings) and Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki), The Last King was produced by Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum for Paradox Film 3 AS, co-produced by Nordisk Film, Newgrange Pictures Ltd. and Proton Cinema+Theatre with support from Norwegian Film Institute, Irish Film Board and Eurimages. It was developed in collaboration with The Media Programme, Film3 and Midtnorsk filmsenter. Norwegian release is set for February 12th, 2016.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk.