Hammer-of-the-Gods-Teaser-PosterNext year will see us returning to the world of Viking epics, with the release of Farren Blackburn and Vertigo Films’ Hammer of the Gods.

We saw the first teaser poster for the film released last week, promising a bloody and violent new entry into the genre, with a straight-to-the-point logline, ‘Everyone Has to Die,’ and now the first trailer has debuted over at IGN, giving us our first good look at the film.

“Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.”

Charlie Bewley (Twilight) takes the lead as the young Steinar, alongside James Cosmo, Clive Standen, Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber, Michael Jibson, and Ivan Kaye.

BAFTA-winning director Blackburn (Doctor Who, The Fades) is making his feature debut behind the camera, directing from a script penned by Matthew Read (Pusher).

Hammer of the Gods is set to be released in the UK in Spring 2013. The film has already been acquired by Magnet Releasing for distribution in the US, and here’s to hoping it will be heading across the Atlantic for a release at a similar time. For now, here’s the first trailer to give you an idea of what we have in store for us. Enjoy.

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