TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.

Nils Gaup, director of Journey to the Christmas Star (the number two film at the Norwegian box office in 2013), is making Viking epic The Last King (Birkebeinerne).

The $7.4m project will tell the legendary story of two Norwegian warriors in 1206 who skied across the mountains and smuggled to safety the young infant and future king, Håkon Håkonsen.

It is planned for release in 2015 and the cast includes Kon-Tiki’s Jakob Oftebro and Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju.

Producers are Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum for Paradox Film 3 AS, co-produced by Nordisk Film, Newgrange Pictures Ltd and Proton Cinema+Theatre with support from Norwegian Film Institute, Irish Film Board and Eurimages. Developed in collaboration with The Media Programme and Film3.

It is set for release early 2016. TrustNordisk handles international sales.