In 'The Northman,' it takes a pillage : Pop Culture Happy Hour In The Northman, Alexander Skarsgård plays a Viking prince who flees his island kingdom when his uncle kills his father and marries his mother. It's based on a very old but familiar story that predates Shakespeare's Hamlet by a few centuries. Directed by Robert Eggers, The Northman is a tale of bloody revenge with painstakingly researched historical accuracy surrounding the gods and monsters of Viking culture. Vote for your favorite American Idol contestants at npr.org/AmericanIdol

In 'The Northman,' it takes a pillage

In 'The Northman,' it takes a pillage

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Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth and Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga in director Robert Eggers' The Northman. Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features hide caption

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Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth and Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga in director Robert Eggers' The Northman.

Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features

In The Northman, Alexander Skarsgård plays a Viking prince who flees his island kingdom when his uncle kills his father and marries his mother. It's based on a very old but familiar story that predates Shakespeare's Hamlet by a few centuries. Directed by Robert Eggers, The Northman is a tale of bloody revenge with painstakingly researched historical accuracy surrounding the gods and monsters of Viking culture.

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