Nordisk Film joins Birkebeinerne as co-producer and distributor.

Nordisk Film is joining Paradox’s The Last King (Birkebeinerne) as co-producer and distributor.

Nils Gaup directs from Ravn Lanesskog’s script, telling the story of real events from 1206 Norway, when skiers (otherwise known as Birkebeiners or ‘Birch legs’) saved the baby King Haakon from being killed.

Jakob Oftebro (Kon Tiki) and Kristoffer Hivju (Game of Thrones) will star in the €6m ($8.2m) film, which will shoot later this year.

Nordisk’s executive producer Lone Korslund and head of production Henrik Zein negotiated the deal with Paradox producers Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum. 

TrustNordisk will handle international sales.

The movie is supported by Norsk Filminstitutt and Eurimages, and is a coproduction between Paradox, Nordisk Film Production, Proton Cinema in Hungary and NewGrange in Ireland.