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‘Lords of Chaos’ Gets a Cast and Financial Backing

The movie adaption of the book ‘Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Underground’ has finally gotten a cast. Directed by former Bathory drummer, Jonas Åkerlund, the book details the rise of the early Norwegian black metal scene, with a focus on the burning of a string of churches and murders that occurred in the country around 1993.

The film has now partnered with Insurgent Media, 20th Century Fox and Chimney Pot to finance ‘Lords of Chaos,’ while VICE Films, Insurgent, Scott Free, Kwesi Dickson, Chimney Pot and Eleven Arts are set to produce the upcoming story.

It will also star Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), Jack Kilmer (son of Val Kilmer, The Nice Guys, Palo Alto), Rory Culkin (Scream 4, You Can Count On Me, Signs), and pop star Sky Ferreira. Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral, X-Men: First Class,The Last Exorcist) was originally attached to the movie, but his name wasn’t mentioned in the article written by Deadline, meaning he possibly could have been dropped from the cast list.

According to Metal Injection, Insurgent Media’s Ezna Sands said of the film: [x]

“This is a premise with unique universal appeal, a kind of Trainspotting for the millennial generation, and Insurgent Media leapt at the opportunity to get ‘Lords of Chaos’ onto the main stage. This is the start of a hugely exciting journey along with the teams at Fox, VICE, and Scott Free.”

The film will follow the life of Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth, the guitarist and frontman of Mayhem, the band notorious for pioneering the black metal scene in Norway. Åkerlund himself has made a career directing numerous music videos for acts like Metallica, Rammstein, Satyricon, and Beyonce, so his take on the events should be interesting for metal fans around the world.

David Gagnon

Born in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Dave has laid down his soul to the gods rock n' roll. He attended Columbia College Chicago as a major in Creative Writing. Some of his favorite things are heavy metal and pizza.

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