Deadline is exclusively reporting that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Cole, Charles Dance and Heida Reed are starring in the survival film Against The Ice, which is being produced by Baltasar Kormákur for Netflix.
The film, which is an adaptation of Ejnar Mikkelsen’s novel Two Against The Ice, focuses on Denmark’s Alabama Expedition in 1909, led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen, in an attempt to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland, a claim that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member Iver Iversen. The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned.
The film has been a passion project for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who also as starring has also co-written the screenplay alongside Joe Derrick. Coster-Waldau released a statement saying:
Against The Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning. It combines a lot of themes that excite me: adventure, Greenland, companionship, loyalty and love. It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposite, trapped in an epic dangerous setting.
The project recently wrapped filming in Iceland and Greenland, which has Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing the role of Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen and Joe Cole as Iver Iversen, and Peter Flinth is directing the project.
Baltasar Kormákur also released a statement saying:
It was an honour when David Kosse asked me to join the team of Against The Ice and take the helm as the lead producer. The true story of Mikkelsen and Iversen grabbed my attention from the get go.
Claire Willats, Manger of International Original Film, EMEA, released a statement saying:
We jumped on the chance to bring this incredibly gripping story to screens. Working with the talented Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Derrick, Peter Flinth and Baltasar Kormákur and seeing their creative vision take form as they brought this vivid story and its characters to life has been an exciting journey to be part of.
The English-language film is being produced by Kormákur’s Icelandic production company RVK Studios, and is also the first project from Coster-Waldau and Derrick’s production company Ill Kippers.