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The History Channel announced in March that it would be moving into the world of scripted drama with a series called Vikings created by Michael Hirst (The Tudors). Not to be outdone by all the other recent announcements for the fall television season, History has revealed the series’ first star: Gabriel Byrne.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor best known for starring in The Usual Suspects and In Treatment, will play Earl Haraldson, “a former warrior and the most important ruler in Ragnar’s district who clashes with the king.”
The series will follow Ragnar Lothbrok, a historical figure considered the greatest hero of his age, as he rises to become king of the Viking tribes. It will be filmed at Ashford Studios in Ireland and throughout Northern Europe.