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Urban Pathfinder
Karl to star in a Viking epic

15 August 2005  |  Written by   

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Karl Urban, regular Empire Online reader (hi, Karl!) and star of Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy and the upcoming Doom, is in talks to star in a Viking epic called Pathfinder. But for those expecting another The 13th Warrior, think again: this has a little bit of a twist.

In theory, Pathfinder is a remake of a 1987 Norweigan film from director Nils Gaup (Best. Name. Ever.). But while that film was set around 1000AD, following the warlike Viking tribes as they raped, pillaged, conquered and generally made a nuisance of themselves, this one is set on the rather quieter shores of North America, which the Vikings discovered some 500 years before Columbus.

The story centres on a Viking boy who is accidentally left behind during a skirmish with Native Americans, and is raised by them. Years later, when the boy has grown up, his village is destroyed by – you guessed it – Viking raiders, and he becomes the defender of his adopted people against his birth people.

Urban would, unsurprisingly, be playing said multi-cultural youth. It’s good to see him get a leading man role of his own after a few ensemble pieces, and this shouldn't prove too much of a stretch. After all, there was something ever so slightly Norse about the Rohirrim, and we already know that he can carry off a long, blond, shaggy wig.

The film is due to start shooting in Vancouver around September 21, directed by Marcus Nispel, the man behind the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake – so this may not stint on the blood and guts. Perhaps slightly more worryingly, the script was written by Laeta Kalogridis, the man behind Alexander - but we're optimistic that this time he'll focus more on the battles and less on the snakes. After all, take a moment and imagine how funky the battles between Indians and Vikings could look. Got it? Yep, we've got our fingers crossed for this one.

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