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Casting Watch: Tobias Santelmann of 'Kon-Tiki' Gearing Up for 'Northmen -- A Viking Saga'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2013 at 12:14PM

Tobias Santelmann, who stars as one of the brawny sailors on Thor Heyerdahl's raft in Norway's Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki," has been cast as Viking leader Asbjorn in "Northmen -- A Viking Saga."
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"Kon-Tiki"
"Kon-Tiki"

Tobias Santelmann, who stars as one of the brawny sailors on Thor Heyerdahl's raft in Norway's Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki," has been cast as Viking leader Asbjorn in "Northmen -- A Viking Saga."

In the film, Asbjorn is stranded behind enemy lines on the coast of Alba with his Vikings. Their only hope for survival is to find a route to the Viking settlement Danelag, voyaging through hostile lands and fending off vicious mercenaries.

The film will be helmed by Claudio Faeh ("Sniper: Reloaded") and is co-penned by Mattias Bauer and Bastian Zach. Santelmann can be seen in the above photo scooping a CG shark by its tail.

Meanwhile, Iceland's Baltasar Kormakur, who directed the country's shortlisted Oscar entry "The Deep," is planning a Viking film of his own (our interview with more details on the project is here).

Our TOH! review of "Kon-Tiki," which will be released by the Weinstein Co., is here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.