'In Treatment' star Gabriel Byrne sails to History's 'Vikings'
Michael Hirst created the scripted drama series
is set to lend his award-winning credibility to History Channel's new drama "Vikings
The first scripted series in History's history
, "Vikings" was created and written by Michael Hirst ("The Tudors") and will premiere in 2013.
"Vikings" focuses on Ragnar Lothbrok, a lowly farmer who becomes the greatest hero of his age. Byrne will play Earl Haraldson, a ruler in Ragnar's district who is concerned about the young upstart's ambitions.
Byrne joins the previously cast George Blagden in the drama, which will film at a newly constructed studio facility in Ireland before going to Canada for post-production.
In his three seasons starring on HBO's "In Treatment," Byrne earned a pair of Emmy nominations and won a Golden Globe in 2009. His feature credits include "Miller's Crossing," "The Usual Suspects" and "Little Women."