After a 3 yr break following his exit from “Vikings,” Travis Fimmel returns to TV in sci-fi epic “Raised By Wolves.”
Premiering Thursday on HBO Max, the show is govt produced by Ridley Scott, who additionally directed the primary two episodes. Set sooner or later, it follows two androids elevating human youngsters on a mysterious planet referred to as Kepler-22B after a struggle has destroyed Earth.
“I used to be by no means going to do TV once more [after ‘Vikings’],” Fimmel, 41, tells The Post.
“I simply didn’t need to commit to one thing so lengthy. But due to Ridley’s involvement, I form of had no alternative. I simply mentioned ‘sure’ with out studying the script. Ridley is such an iconic filmmaker, it’s an actor’s dream.”
The Australian born Fimmel, who started his profession as a mannequin, is finest recognized for enjoying the crafty chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok on History’s hit “Vikings” from 2013-17 — till Ragnar met his finish within the fourth season by being thrown right into a pit of snakes. Following that departure, Fimmel turned to the massive display screen, starring in films reminiscent of “Warcraft” and “Lean on Pete.”
“Quite usually [in television] you’ve received to signal a factor for 6 years, and that’s an enormous chunk of your life to do the identical factor. I’d relatively do various things,” he says. “There’s some nice storytelling on TV due to the time you get to comply with characters’ journeys. But yeah, I’d relatively do a movie after which go away and by no means have to do this one character once more.”
But the prospect of working with Ridley Scott was a proposal he couldn’t refuse, so he discovered himself on the small display screen once more in “Raised by Wolves.” He stars as Marcus, a warrior-priest in Mithraic, the faith that had a civil struggle with atheists prior to the occasions of the show. He’s a part of the Ark, a spaceship heading to planet Kepler-22b to begin a brand new society. They quickly discover themselves clashing with the android generally known as Mother (Amanda Colin), as battle simmers once more.
“In the longer term on this show, the world is destroyed due to folks not respecting one another’s beliefs. I’m an entire nonbeliever in something, however I’m very pleased for folks to have their very own beliefs; no matter makes them really feel good. I simply want folks revered different folks’s beliefs, even when they’re totally different than their very own,” says Fimmel.
To make issues extra sophisticated in “Raised By Wolves,” Marcus has a backstory involving a secret id.
“Marcus was a baby soldier, and all he is aware of is simply to survive. He’s by no means had family members round him,” says Fimmel.
“I loved exploring all of his flaws. The tougher stuff is at all times extra attention-grabbing, to me… the psychological factor of discovering out methods the place you may mess with the viewers and make them undecided for those who’re a great man or a nasty man, and what your motives are. I at all times get pleasure from that facet — making them attempt to guess what I’m pondering.”
The show filmed in South Africa, utilizing its rugged panorama as its foundation for the desert planet.
“It’s a good looking nation. I did safaris, it was superb.”
Aside from “Raised by Wolves,” Fimmel can be engaged on a collection about Wyatt Earp for History, the place he’ll produce, write, and star because the legendary Old West lawman. But that’s been placed on the again burner due to the pandemic, which he’s spent fixing up his ranch in Calif., he says.
“Vikings” can be getting a by-product collection on Netflix referred to as “Valhalla,” premiering at an unannounced date. When requested if there’s an opportunity he might seem in it, Fimmel says, “No, however I’d love to go and perhaps direct one [episode] or go spend time with the crew. I really like all these folks. It was an awesome expertise, and I look ahead to watching the spin-off.”