The first look at the upcoming Roald Amundsen biopic Amundsen has been released.
Roald Amundsen was the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole in 1911. He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles in 1926. Unsurprisingly, he is Norwegian! The film will portray his drive as a polar explorer, and reveal the tragedy he brought on himself and others by sacrificing everything to achieve his dream. A big competition was held regarding the rights to the Amundsen story, with multiple plots pitched. The Wave director Roar Uthaug and Andre Øvredal (Troll Hunter) were the other directors to pitch stories about Amundsen.
Amundsen is directed by Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Max Manus) and stars Pål Sverre Hagen (In Order of Disappearance, Valkyrien). You can read about other cast members here.
If you are ever in Oslo, I recommend visiting the Fram Museum, which has Amundsen’s ships that he used for his expedition; you can walk around on them. Interestingly, it is right next to the Kon-Tiki Museum, so perhaps Sandberg finds his inspiration close to home?
As is typical, the teaser doesn’t tell us much. Rather it builds up Amundsen’s achievements while showing quick shots of the Arctic. Sadly, Pål Sverre Hagen is more-or-less hidden in the teaser.
Amundsen will be released in Norway in 2019. No international release date has been announced.
Watch the teaser below: