added: Mon, May 6th '13
Don't confuse "Hammer Of The Gods" for History Channel's series "Vikings." Although, we wouldn't be surprised if you do, considering that "Vikings" actor Clive Standen plays a similar sword-swinging character in the upcoming feature film.
That's not to say, "Hammer" doesn't have its own blood-spewing distinctions. Clearly, Brit TV director Farren Blackburn (Doctor Who, Luther) and screenwriter Matthew Read (2012's Pusher) have whipped up a rollicking Viking yarn about a son of a dying King (Vampire Diaries' Charlie Bewley), who gets assigned to seek out his banished and slightly-loony brother (Da Vinci's Demons' Elliot Cowan) and crown him as the new leader of his people. The catch? Their kingdom is already at the brink of war, and their assailants are a formidable army of leather-wearing warriors. So, a happy family reunion is probably out of the question.
"Hammer Of The Gods" debuts on iTunes and VOD on May 30th. It will also get a theatrical release on July 5th. In the meantime, you can watch the film's newly-released red band trailer, above.
Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.
directed by Farren Blackburn
starring Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, Elliot Cowan, James Cosmo, Ivan Kaye, Michael Jibson
release date May 30, 2013 (iTunes/VOD), July 5, 2013 (In Theaters)