‘Against The Ice’ Starring Joe Cole and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

  • Posted On:March 22, 2021

'Against the Ice' is a 2021 Icelandic-Danish historical survival film, directed by award-winning Danish director Peter Flinth. Based on the novel Two Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen, it has everything from battles with Polar bears to the Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole and Game of Thrones star, Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the wonderful Icelandic actress Heida Reed, perhaps best known for playing Elizabeth Poldark and the titular role in Stella Blómkvist.  Joining them will be Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Crown) making 'Against the Ice' an on-screen father-and-son reunion between Dance and Coster-Waldau since Dance portrayed Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones.

Set in 1909, Coster-Waldau plays Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen, who’s heading up Denmark’s Alabama Expedition. The crew want to disprove the United States’ argument that Greenland is two different islands and stop their claim to North Eastern Greenland. Leaving his ship behind, Mikkelsen treks across the ice with his young, inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). 

But although they find proof that Greenland is a single island, returning to the ship is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned.  As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, can they fight to stay alive? 

"Against The Ice is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic dangerous setting,’ Said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  

"It’s also a story of living under extreme pressure and circumstances, of constant struggle for survival, fighting off threats of extreme cold, lack of food, hungry polar bears and not least the frailty of the human mind." 

The film has been described as "a true story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship." It was adapted into a screenplay by the Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick from the original Danish novel Two Against The Ice, a posthumously published book by Danish polar explorer and writer Ejnar Mikkelsen.

Filming for ‘Against the Ice’ took place in 2020 in Greenland and Iceland and will be released worldwide on Netflix later this year. 

It has been announced along with Joe Cole, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Heida Reed, who was Elizabeth Warleggan in BBC drama Poldark and stars in our upcoming Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Blank;’ as an A.I. Charles Dance will also be joining the cast. Details of further casting is yet to be announced.