Casting News: Emmy Award-Winner Alexander Skarsgard

November 30, 2017


In a perfect intersection of OP's interests, Emmy Award-Winner and one of the only good things to come out of Sweden Alexander Skarsgard has been tapped to play a fictional-but-handsome Canadian Prime Minister (OP note: art imitating life) in the upcoming Lionsgate "black comedy", Flarsky.

  • Charlize Theron is starring as the Canadian Secretary of State (OP note: which is no longer a real job in Canada) and Seth Rogen is the title character, "a print journalist who pursues Theron." (OP note: urgh of course).
  • Flarsky is set for release in February 2019.

Skarsgard has also been cast in the BBC One mini-series The Little Drummer Girl, set to come out next year.

  • Based on the John Le Carré's novel, the mini-series will be directed by Park Chan-wook and will also star Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth).
  • Pugh plays a young actress holidaying in Greece in the 1970s, who then finds herself involved with an intriguing stranger. This stranger, played by Skarsgard, is revealed to be an Israeli intelligence officer.

Skarsgard will have regular hair for both of these roles.

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Alexander Skarsgard gets a totally serious and objectively life-threatening injury

November 26, 2017


The Big Little Lies actor posted a photo of his very, very serious injury on Instagram.

The star, who recently shaved his head just to hurt the OP, included the below caption:
"Today I give thanks to nurse Rosalie and doctor Taleb at the local hospital in Lachute, Quebec. Their swift and heroic action saved my life. #snitchesgetstitches".

Skarsgard is currently in Quebec filming The Hummingbird Project with Salma Hayek and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Yes, Alexander Skarsgard Has an Accent, You Just Have to Listen Carefully

September 23, 2017

Alexander Skarsgard looked all kinds of fine when he attended the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Despite sporting that much-debated-about new mustache, the actor had one hell of a night. He took home the award for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his role in Big Little Lies, shared a smooch with costar Nicole Kidman (in front of Keith Urban!), and had his mom on his arm as his date. But during his cute acceptance speech, we couldn’t help but wonder what the deal is with his accent.

Alexander was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and is the son of famous actor Stellan Skarsgard (The Glass House, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Thor). If you’ve seen one of his dad’s movies, you’ve probably noticed that Stellan has a very strong Swedish accent. While you can definitely hear Alexander’s accent when he says certain words, it’s a lot less obvious than his father’s. Since Alexander’s younger brother Bill (who plays Pennywise in It) recently said they grew up on their dad’s movie sets all around the world, that could have contributed to their slightly weaker accents. But still, it’s definitely there (and it’s very sexy)!

Bill Skarsgard Is Extremely Hot, and We Are Not Clowning Around

September 13, 2017

Whether or not your nightmares have been invaded by the new remake of Stephen King’s It, you’ve probably heard about the clown at the center of all the horrifying madness: Pennywise. But before you run away from this post in fear, I am here to tell you that you can take a deep breath, because Bill Skarsgard, the guy behind all that terrifying makeup, is actually super hot in real life.

The actor is the furthest thing from his onscreen character with hauntingly beautiful eyes and perfect lips. It also doesn’t hurt that he comes from a long line of famous and handsome men (his dad is actor Stellan Skarsgard and his brother is actor Alexander Skarsgard). Bill is slowly but surely blowing up on the Hollywood scene, and we have a feeling he’s going to shift from our nightmares to our daydreams in no time.

Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy About to Terrorize You as Pennywise

September 9, 2017

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Bill Skarsgard is the hot man behind the horrifying face of clown makeup in the remake of Stephen King’s It, and we don’t even feel weird about being attracted to him. Sure, he’s playing one of the most iconic supernatural villains of all time, but Bill IRL seems kind of great. While you may have noticed him as Matthew in the Divergent film Allegiant, he’s popped up all over the place. With the release of It finally upon us, get the scoop on what you need to know about the up-and-coming actor.

  1. He’s Swedish, in case you couldn’t tell. Bill was born in Vällingby, a suburban area outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. He comes from a famous brood. Those icy looks run in the family; Bill is the younger brother of Alexander Skarsgard, famous for True Blood and Big Little Lies. Their father is Stellan Skarsgard, a longtime actor who you may recognize from Good Will Hunting, Thor, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Alexander was initially worried about Bill coming to LA in pursuit of being an actor, but Bill ended up booking a major role in a month and a half.
  3. In fact, there are more Skarsgards than you think. Bill has five full siblings (Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Eija, and Valter) and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn. That’s a lot of Christmas gifts to buy.
  4. He’s been in creepy stuff before. Though his performance as Pennywise will undoubtedly haunt us forever and ever, It isn’t Bill’s first foray into horror. He starred on all three seasons of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove as Roman Godfrey. He knows his way around the supernatural. Then again, that show never had a killer clown.

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  1. His breakthrough role was playing a man with Asperger’s syndrome. Bill starred in the 2010 Swedish film Simple Simon as a young man with the developmental disorder. He was nominated for a Guldbagge Award, which is basically the equivalent of a Swedish Oscar.
  2. Bill had big dreams of traveling the Trans-Siberian railroad. In an interview with his father, Stellan inquired about why Bill chose to act after graduation rather than stick with his initial plan of traveling. “The main reason why I didn’t really pursue acting early was because I thought people would say, ‘Yeah OK, here comes another one, he’s been fed on a silver plate of course he’s an actor,'” Bill said. “You know as well as anybody else you don’t just ‘get to’ play parts, you need to prove yourself.”
  3. He got his driver’s license at 26 years old. It wasn’t until Bill had been in Canada and America for a few years that he thought to get a license.