Skarsgard to topline Viking epic.

‘True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgard is attached to star and produce in an epic Viking tale for Warner Bros. The movie, which is going by the working title ‘The Vanguard,’ will be written by playwright Chris Boal, brother of ‘The Hurt Locker’ scribe Mark Boal.

The story follows the adventures of two Viking warrior brothers who embark on a journey to return to Sweden after being banished to North America.

Showblitz reports that the studio is eyeing the movie as a potential tentpole and that the project will be in the same vein as ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Braveheart.’ Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce.

Skarsgard will be seen next in Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia,’ then Rod Lurie’s ‘Straw Dogs’ remake starring alongside James Marsden and Kate Bosworth.