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Alexander Skarsgard to Guest-Star in Lars Von Trier’s ‘The Kingdom Exodus’

Alexander Skarsgard to Guest-Star in Lars Von Trier’s ‘The Kingdom Exodus’

Swedish star Alexander Skarsgard (True BloodGodzilla vs. Kong) has joined the cast of The Kingdom Exodus, the final season of the cult TV series from Danish director Lars von Trier.

Skarsgard, who starred alongside Kirsten Dunst in Von Trier’s Melancholia (2011), will have a guest role on the series, a surreal hospital drama about an ultramodern medical facility that is haunted by ghosts. Skarsgard will guest-star as an attorney, a reprise of the role his father, Stellan Skarsgard, played in the second season of the series in the 1990s.

The first two, four-episode seasons of The Kingdom aired in 1994 and 1997. Von Trier rebooted the show for a final, five-episode concluding season, The Kingdom Exodus, which is set to premiere in 2022.

Swedish stars Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better WorldEurovision Song Contest) and Tuva Novotny (AnnihilationA War) have also joined The Kingdom Exodus cast, along with Danish-Swedish actor David Dencik (ChernobylMcMafia), Ida Engvoll (The Bridge), and Asta August (Sex).

The Nordic neighbors Denmark and Sweden will be set against each other in the final season of the show, with a plotline seeing the Swedes at the Kingdom hospital uniting to form the discussion group SA (Swedish Anonymous), in order to vent their frustrations over their jovial and arrogant Danish colleges. But soon, things take a more serious turn.

Von Trier’s Zentropa shingle is producing The Kingdom Exodus together with Scandinavian pay-TV group NENT and Danish public broadcasters DR. Lead producer is Zentropa’s Louise Vesth. Trustnordisk is selling the series worldwide and is packaging the final season together with restored versions of seasons one and two for international broadcasters and streamers.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Likely the Latest Tentpole to Go to a Streamer

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Likely the Latest Tentpole to Go to a Streamer

Netflix made a bid of more than $200 million but WarnerMedia is prepping an offer to send the Legendary sequel to HBO Max.

Godzilla vs. Kong, the forthcoming monster movie from Legendary Pictures, looks likely to be the latest big franchise movie to head to a streamer.

Knowledgeable sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix has made an offer of more than $200 million for the film while WarnerMedia has blocked the deal while preparing an offer of its own for its streamer, HBO Max. Legendary declined to comment while a Warner Bros. spokesperson said: “We plan to release Godzilla vs. Kong theatrically next year as scheduled.”

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Set for December Premiere at CBS All Access

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Set for December Premiere at CBS All Access
Pictured: Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg

CBS All Access‘ limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” will premiere Dec. 17, the streamer announced Tuesday.

The series will be a weekly one, with each of the subsequent eight episodes streaming one at a time every Thursday following that premiere. As previously announced, King penned the finale and also wrote a new coda that will take the story beyond where is 800-plus page 1978 tome left things.

“During the two years we spent making ‘The Stand,’ we all felt the responsibility of adapting what may be the most beloved work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, but none of us could have imagined that Stephen King’s 40-year-old masterpiece about a global pandemic would come to be so eerily relevant,” said showrunner Benjamin Cavell. “We’re honored to tell this sprawling, epic story, including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades. We’re so proud of this show and its attempt to find meaning and hope in the most uncertain of times. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”

“The Stand” is an apocalyptic-world set drama in which a plague has decimated humanity, leaving those left in a literal battle between good and evil. On one side of things is Mother Abagail (played here by Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors who battle the Dark Man aka Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård).

The new version of “The Stand” also stars James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Irene Bedard, Nat Wolff, Eion Bailey, Heather Graham, Katherine McNamara, Fiona Dourif, Natalie Martinez, Hamish Linklater, Daniel Sunjata and Greg Kinnear.

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios. In addition to Cavell, executive producers are Taylor Elmore, Will Weiske, Jimmy Miller, Roy Lee and Richard P. Rubinstein. Josh Boone serves as director and an executive producer for the series premiere and final episode. Jake Braver, Jill Killington, Owen King, Knate Lee, and Stephen Welke serve as producers.

“The Stand” was previously adapted for the small screen in 1994, when it was a four-part limited series starring Gary Sinise, Jamey Sheridan, Molly Ringwald and Ruby Dee that aired on ABC.