One of my favorite shows, History‘s Vikings, has announced new cast members for the new season, and it’s a group that should have you excited to see where things go.

For me, the most impressive note here is that Lothaire Bluteau will be joining the cast as Emperor Charles of France. One of the most woefully under-appreciated actors around, Bluteau may be best known at the moment for his work on The Tudors, but he was also the star of two of the best movies ever, Jesus of Montreal and Black Robe.

Also on board is Kevin Durand, another actor who doesn’t get the attention he deserves, who will hopefully be more solidly in the collective consciousness when Vikings rolls around again, because he is also in the upcoming The Strain.

Finally, relative unknown Morgane Polanski will play Emperor Charles’ daughter.

And so, despite ending last season with all eyes at home, and uncertainty in Britain, we know that the vikings will be setting sail again, and things will obviously be getting pretty interesting. You’re going to have to wait a long time, but at least you know it will be worth it.

 

Lothaire Bluteau, Kevin Durand and Morgane Polanski Join Previously Announced Ben Robson


 

Kevin Durand joins VikingsHISTORY announced today new casting for season three of its hit scripted series VIKINGS, including Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) as Emperor Charles of France, a powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual and earthly; Kevin Durand (The Strain) as The Wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems; and Morgane Polanski (The Ghost) as Princess Gisla, the elegant, self-possessed daughter of Emperor Charles and his most trusted advisor. They join previously announced Ben Robson (Dracula: The Dark Prince) who will play Kalf, Lagertha’s trusted second in command.

Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) leads the stellar cast as Ragnar, along with Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, an Earl and fierce shield maiden; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive brother; Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent monk; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Linus Roache as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition; Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar’s new wife.

VIKINGS centers on Ragnar Lothbrok, a restless warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the seas and claim the spoils as his own. The series portrays life in the Dark Ages, a world ruled by raiders and explorers, through the eyes of Viking society.

VIKINGS is created and written by Michael Hirst, one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series The Tudors). Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors, The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors, The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors, The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

 

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