Mads Mikkelsen can’t seem to get away from roles that require him to have an impairment in one of his eyes. First he was crying blood in “Casino Royale”, now he’s lost one eye completely in the new Danish Viking film “Valhalla Rising”, which sees Mads Mikkelsen playing a Viking brute named One Eye. For, you know, the missing eye. Hey, the Vikings were always a little too on the nose, as it were. First trailer and an image from Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie after the jump.
So what’s it all about? Set in the 10th century, an expedition sets out to return to Scandinavia but gets lost in the fog. They eventually reach an unknown land and think it is Valhalla, the Viking equivalent of Heaven — but it turns out to be America. Hey, they may be Vikings, but they’re still guys, and you know guys and asking for directions…
The film is co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, most famous for penning and directing the “Pusher” trilogy. It stars Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives , Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Andrew Flanagan, Gary McCormack, Gordon Brown, and Mathew Zajac.
Valhalla rises in June in France. There’s no Stateside release date yet.