History’s first scripted show, "Vikings," has made a key casting announcement, landing an actor known for a series of high-profile film roles and fresh off a highly honored run on HBO, TheWrap.com reports.
The actor is Gabriel Byrne, who won a Golden Globe and received two Emmy nominations for his work on HBO’s “In Treatment.” Byrne is also known for his work in feature films, including “The Usual Suspects” and “Miller’s Crossing.”
Byrne will play Earl Haraldson, who is a challenger to Viking King Ragnar Lothbrok, the story notes. The series focuses on Lothbrok, a historic Viking king, who, legend holds, claimed the god Odin as an ancestor. The part of Lothbrok has not been cast.
The series will tape in Ireland — where Byrne hails from — and is scheduled to debut next year.