Here's why 'Clark' star Bill Skarsgard dropped out of 'The Northman' starring his brother
Popular Swedish actor, Bill Skarsgard, has dropped out of Robert Eggers' upcoming film, 'The Northman', which stars Bill's brother, Alexander Skarsgard, as the lead character. According to reports, Bill humbly denied the invitation to star in the movie, stating scheduling conflicts that were caused by the ongoing pandemic. What's more, the movie would have marked Bill's first film with his brother, Alexander (star of 'True Blood' as Eric Northman) after a gap of 20 years. The brothers previously starred together in the 2000 Swedish drop, 'White Water Fury'.
Bill has signed another project, where he will be portraying the lead role of Clark Olofsson in the Netflix series, 'Clark'. It has been reported that Bill dropped 'The Northmen' so as to fully commit to taking part in the series.
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Speaking with Collider, Bill admitted that he's no longer involved with 'The Northman' and even called it a "big shame". The latter is set in 10th-century Iceland, starring Alexander Skarsgard as Prince Amleth, who seeks revenge for his father's murder.
About his character Clark Olofsson in 'Clark', the 'The Devil All the Time' actor said, "Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colorful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark’s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush."
The new crime biopic, directed by Jonas Akerlund, is based on the infamous Swedish gangster Clark Oloffson. Oloffson is the man credited for the famous phrase, "Stockholm Syndrome". 'Clark' was filmed in Lithuania, Croatia, and Sweden, across various locations.
Besides Bill, the six-part series, produced by the Scandinavian Content Group, will also star 'Vikings' actress, Alicia Agneson, along with fellow Swedish actors Vilhelm Blomgren from 'Midsommar' and Malin Levanon of 'Drifters'.
'Clark' premieres on Thursday, May 5, 2022, on Netflix. Stay tuned!