“Fantastic Beasts” star Katherine Waterston has joined the cast of “Amundsen,” a biopic of the Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen directed by Espen Sandberg, the hot Norwegian director of Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated “Kon-Tiki” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
SF Studios has come on board the project to represent it worldwide and will be kicking off pre-sales at Cannes. SF Studios will also be distributing the movie across Scandinavia.
Pål Sverre Hagen (“Kon-Tiki”) will star as Amundsen, who was the first man to reach both the South and the North Poles. Christian Rubeck (“What Happened to Monday”) will play Roald’s brother. Waterston, the up-and-coming actress whose recent credits include “Alien: Covenant,””Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Inherent Vice,” will portray Roald’s last love, who was known as Bess Magids.
The movie will depict how Amundsen won his epic race to the South Pole, beating Robert Scott and the British Empire, as well as shed light on aspects of Amundsen’s private life, including secret affairs and his close, but troubled relationship with his brother.
The movie is being produced by John M. Jacobsen, Kristian Strand Sinkerud and Espen Horn at Motion Blur Films. Shooting is set to take place in Iceland, Czech Republic and Norway.
“Amundsen” is expected to be released theatrically in early 2019.