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True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard sharpens his blade for a Viking epic

07.13.2011
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As Alexander Skarsgård continues to be the most entertaining thing about HBO's "True Blood" (which you could argue, though I wouldn't understand how), we still await his first big opportunity to really showcase that considerable charisma on the big screen.

He may be getting his chance with THE VANGUARD, in which the Swedish actor will swap his Northman fangs for the edged weaponry of Vikings.

The story will follow "the adventures of two Viking warrior brothers who embark on a journey to return to Sweden after being banished to North America."

The Warner Bros. project is described as a potential award-chasing tentpole movie in the vein of GLADIATOR or BRAVEHEART. The script comes from Chris Boal (brother of THE HURT LOCKER writer Mark Boal), and Charles Roven (THE DARK KNIGHT) is among the producers, along with Skarsgård himself.

Skarsgård, an early fan favorite for THOR (dad Stellan wound up with a role instead), will soon be seen in the remake of STRAW DOGS and next summer's Navy-versus-aliens board game adaptation BATTLESHIP.

Extra Tidbit: Skarsgård appears with Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Michael Shannon and Ray Winstone in the thriller remake 13... which has still not been released in the US.
Source: Variety

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3:45PM on 07/14/2011
Sounds great! And yes, agree Acerbus III; GK is probably his best english perfomance to date.
Sounds great! And yes, agree Acerbus III; GK is probably his best english perfomance to date.
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10:03AM on 07/14/2011

Generation Kill

Skarsgard is awesome on True Blood, but if you want to see him flex his acting muscles check out the HBO mini series Generation Kill. He is great in that
Skarsgard is awesome on True Blood, but if you want to see him flex his acting muscles check out the HBO mini series Generation Kill. He is great in that
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1:09AM on 07/14/2011
Great news. Can't wait to see this guy on the big screen.

Still would have been my number one choice for Thor.
Great news. Can't wait to see this guy on the big screen.

Still would have been my number one choice for Thor.
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12:18AM on 07/14/2011
Sounds good. We need more awesome viking movies.

But you're wrong about one thing, Dave: Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette is the most entertaining thing about "True Blood."
Sounds good. We need more awesome viking movies.

But you're wrong about one thing, Dave: Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette is the most entertaining thing about "True Blood."
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6:12AM on 07/14/2011
His schtick is getting a little old.
His schtick is getting a little old.
12:04AM on 07/14/2011
Hopefully Mel Gibson directs!
Hopefully Mel Gibson directs!
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