Trine Dyrholm (The Legacy) has been confirmed for the title role in Margrete – Queen of the North, a historical drama about a pivotal time in the history of Scandinavia under the rule of Queen Margrete I (1353-1412). Filming begins next month.
The year is 1402. Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) has achieved what no man has managed before. She has brought Denmark, Norway and Sweden together into a peaceful kingdom known as the Kalmar Union, which she rules through her young, adopted son, Erik.
However, the union is beset by enemies, and so Margrete plans a marriage between Erik and Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of King Henry IV. An alliance with England should secure the union’s status as an emerging European power but a conspiracy is underway that could tear Margrete apart along with all that she believes in.
Silje Riise Næs, who commissioned the project on behalf of the Danish Film Institute, said: “If Shakespeare had been Danish, one of his great plays would have been about Queen Margrete, who brought the North together in a peaceful and successful union with a strikingly modern view of men and women’s rights.”
Margrete – Queen of the North (Margrete den Første), directed by Charlotte Sieling, begins production on 2nd March and is expected to receive a theatrical release early next year.