Catherine Hardwicke’s HEATHEN Will Be A “Feminist Viking Fantasy”

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So, here's something that sounds pretty cool: according to Deadline, Catherine Hardwicke's next film is a "feminist Viking fantasy" by the name of Heathen, based on the Vault Comics series of the same name. It'll revolve around the adventures of "Aydis, a fierce Viking warrior who is scorned by her village for kissing another woman and, after much suffering, declares war on Odin himself." Whoa.

Here's how Deadline's describing the series:

"The acclaimed series by Natasha Alterici weaves feminism and queer themes into Norse mythology and promises a Viking film unlike any previous one in Hollywood annals. Created, written, and drawn by Alterici, Heathen tells the story of Aydis, who is born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, and takes on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin. The comics depict risqué sequences among them Aydis’ abduction by the Norse love goddess Freya."

Hardwicke, as you surely don't need to be told, is the director behind the original Twilight, the coming-of-age drama Thirteen and 2005's Lords of Dogtown. By the sound of things, this'll be her biggest movie ever (she's currently working on the Quibi series Don't Look Deeper, starring Don Cheadle and Emily Mortimer), and we're curious to see what she does with it.

As of this writing, there's no information on when Heathen might arrive, but Deadline says the project's being fast-tracked now that Hardwicke's onboard. She'll be working from a script by Kerry Williamson (Tyler Perry's Alex Cross), and we expect it won't be long before she starts pulling her cast together. Stay tuned for those updates as they roll in, and do let us know in the comments below if you've actually read Heathen: sounds intriguing, should we pick it up?

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