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Different cultures from all over the world tell stories of incredible, mythical creatures. From mermaids to minotaurs, these beings have fascinated humans for thousands of years, and even today, plenty of people believe in folklore, especially the tales they grew up hearing. So what would you do if you found out one of these figments of imagination turned out to be very real and very dangerous? If that sounds exciting, then the upcoming movie Troll is definitely our next pick for you.
While everyone is going gaga over holiday themed movies at the moment, and Netflix’s line-up for December does look promising, Troll will present as a welcome change in the midst of all the Christmas cheer. So. here’s everything you need to know about the movie Troll ahead of its release, from the plot, to the cast, to the release date and much more:
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TROLL, a new fantasy-action film directed by Roar Uthaug (“Tomb Raider” and “The Wave”) is on Netflix December 1. pic.twitter.com/Gbt6aDn0bA
Netflix’s latest horror film comes from director Roar Uthaug, known for his 2018 revival of Tomb Raider. Uthaug originally had the idea for the film over twenty years ago. Troll was written by Norwegian playwright and screenwriter, Espen Aukan, who has written several horror films in the past.
In Norse mythology, trolls are truly massive creatures with abhorrent faces. They tend to live far away from humans, but they are predators and humans would make for excellent prey. Their feet are so large that they leave craters in the ground where they walk. In an earlier teaser trailer for Troll, the characters discuss the folklore surrounding trolls, informing the audience that trolls come to life in the dark and turn to stone in the sun. For this reason, trolls are nocturnal, and it is believed that some geographical features are actually trolls who were exposed to the sun.
In the film, a man-made explosion in the mountains of Dovre in Norway awakens an ancient troll who had been resting peacefully for the last thousand or so years. It is not pleased, to say the least, and it immediately begins to destroy everything in its path, headed directly toward Oslo, Norway’s capital city. Officials appoint a paleontologist named Nora to advise on the situation, and it is up to her and several other experts and townspeople to strategize and potentially fight this larger-than-life being. One thing’s for sure – this is not to be confused with the animated Trolls.
Award-winning Norwegian actress Ine Marie Wilmann portrays Nora, the paleontologist. Wilmann is very popular in Norway and throughout Scandinavia, having worked steadily in theatre, film, and television since her graduation from Norway’s Teaterhøgskolen in 2011. She is best known for starring in Sonja: The White Swan as Sonja Henie, the legendary Norwegian figure skater and Hollywood star. Additionally, she has acted on television in the shows Exit and Furia.
Norwegian actor Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, the star of Ediie the Eagle and Netflix’s Home for Christmas, features as Kristoffer, but we do not know anything else about the role at this time. Pettersen is best known for his role as Fredrik Kayser in The Heavy Water War, a miniseries about the German nuclear weapon project and heavy water sabotage in Norway during the Second World War. The cast is small and features other native Norwegians, including Kim Falck, Gard B. Eidsvold, Pål Richard Lunderby, Pål Anders Nordvi, Erik Vorenholt, and Hugo Mikal Skår.
Although Troll was originally announced in August 2020, it took more than two years for the movie to finish its post-production and be ready for release. Troll concluded filming in December 2021, and will be available to stream on Netflix beginning December 1, 2022. We agree that this isn’t the holiday themed movie that you hoped for, but if you need a break from the cheesy romances and meet-cutes, then Troll is the movie for you!
The official trailer for Troll was released only a week ago and does not give away too much about the plot. It is dark, gloomy, and foreboding, much as you might expect from a horror film. The film appears to be action-packed and full of suspense, but there are a few light jokes made in the trailer, too. We certainly can’t wait to watch and see what’s to come!
Whether you’re a fan of monsters, horror, or mythology, Troll is bound to be an incredible watch. Netflix seems to be leaning into the recent interest in Nordic folklore, piggybacking off of the success of films like Midsommar and The Ritual, and opening our eyes to a different culture. We’re also excited to see Netflix continuing to expand into international films, providing a platform for artists whose talents we might not have a chance to see otherwise.