A large international cast has been announced for the upcoming big-budget historical drama series “The Last Kingdom” for BBC America, BBC Two and Carnival Films.
The eight-episode series, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling books “The Saxon Stories,” will combine real historical figures and events with fictional characters during the 9th century reign of Alfred the Great, the Wessex king who united many separate kingdoms to fight off a Viking invasion.
Rutger Hauer, Alexander Dreymon (“American Horror Story: Coven”), Matthew Macfadyen (“Ripper Street”), Ian Hart (“Boardwalk Empire”), David Dawson (“Ripper Street”), Emily Cox (“The Silent Mountain”), Tobias Santelmann (“Kon-Tiki”), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (“A Royal Affair”), Peter Gantzler (“Italian For Beginners), Joseph Millson (“Penny Dreadful”), Alexandre Willaume (“Over The Edge”), Rune Temte (“The Accident”), and Henning Valin Jakobsen (“The Bridge/Bron”) will star.
Shooting is underway in Hungary and the UK. Stephen Butchard is adapting the script while Nigel Marchant and Stephen Butchard are executive producers.