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May 2016
News and Rumours, Projects, Warcraft  •  By  •  0 Comments

For Australian fans of History Channel’s Vikings, June of this year just got a whole lot more interesting. Along with the Australian premiere of the Warcraft movie starring Australian actor, Travis Fimmel (who plays Vikings main character, Ragnar Lothbrok), he has just been booked for the Sydney and Perth legs of Supanova.

Firstly, while the Warcraft movie will premiere in the U.S. on June 10, in Australia, the movie will premiere on June 16. As yet, there has been no announcement on a red carpet event for the Australian premiere. However, considering the Sydney Supanova event falls a day after the Australian premiere date for Warcraft, perhaps Travis Fimmel will be making a Warcraft premiere appearance? As if finally being able to see the movie that has been a decade in the making isn’t already enough!

You can find out more about the Warcraft movie by checking out the official website here. The official synopsis for the Warcraft movie is below.

“The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.”

“So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”

As for Travis Fimmel’s appearance at Supanova, the announcement was made via Supanova’s official website. The details of his appearances are below.

“Travis will conduct a general admission Q&A each weekend, and participate in signing and photo sessions* on Friday in Sydney (2:30pm – 5:30pm) and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities.”

“*Autograph ($70 each) and photograph ($80 each) fees apply”

“This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.”

“Guest confirmed, health and other commitments pending.”

For the rest of the world, just what is Supanova? Basically, it is Australia’s equivalent of the U.S. Comic Con franchise. Along with famous guests from popular movies and TV shows, there are also plenty of guests from other pop culture, including cartoon voices, gaming experts, cosplayers, and authors. Supanova occurs throughout the year in different states of Australia. Thanks to some of the events being held close to each other, time-wise, some Supanova guests will travel between events. This is likely the reason Travis Fimmel will be appearing at both Sydney and Perth Supanovas as they fall within one week of each other.

And if you are only a fan of Travis Fimmel thanks to History Channel’s show, Vikings, as yet there has been no news in regard to when the second half of Season 4 of Vikings will air beyond the official statement of; “Raid the rest of Season 4 of #Vikings later this year!” when one fan asked History Channel on their official Facebook page. As a result, rumors have been rife in regards to when the show will return.

Travis Fimmel was born in Australia and raised on a large farm in rural Victoria. Currently, the actor lives between Los Angeles and Ireland, where Vikings is filmed. He returns home to Australia as often as possible between projects.

24
May 2016
Maggie's Plan, News and Rumours, Projects, Vikings, Warcraft  •  By  •  0 Comments

Travis Fimmel has graduated from underwear model to TV lead to star of the summer blockbuster Warcraft, all with a specific goal in mind. But his dream involves a herd of cattle, not a sea of admiring fans.

Oh, my god, I should have thought about this,” Travis Fimmel says to himself. But the time for reconsidering has passed. He’s airborne over the Irish coast in a tiny Cessna twin-engine plane, flying solo for the first time.

On a break from playing King Ragnar Lothbrok on Vikings, the History Channel drama, the Australian actor is getting his pilot’s license, and after seven and a half hours of training over five days, his instructor simply exits the plane and tells him to go for it.

Fimmel’s damned Aussie mentality won’t allow him to back down from the challenge. To avoid chickening out, he takes off as quickly as he can.

From up in the air, the daunting task of landing the plane terrifies him—more than bungee jumping or skydiving ever did. He radios for reassurance and reminders but gets no response. He tries again. Silence.

Here’s a man who’s just been told that if he doesn’t follow jumping protocol, he’ll lose his nuts.

“You prick,” says Fimmel to the instructor, certain that he’s having a laugh in the shed below.

He briefly considers setting the plane down in the ocean, thinking it will be a softer landing, but he’s not a strong swimmer and decides that his chances of survival may actually decrease in the frigid water.

Stressed, sweat cascading, he lines himself up with the landing strip. When he’s 50 feet from it, his instructor finally breaks radio silence—just to toy with him: “Uh-oh! Don’t crash!”

When the wheels touch down, Fimmel is so exhilarated that he forgets to steer with the foot pedals and drives the plane off the runway.

He recounts the story from the safety of a cushioned booth at an Irish pub in Santa Monica.

In a well-worn hoodie with a tee that spills out from underneath, he’s got a bit of a scruffy, Seattle-grunge vibe. His style is laconic, his punchlines sarcastic. But he’s serious about his desire to push his limits.

“Unless you travel or try something new or get out of your comfort zone, you just get older,” Fimmel says. “I mean, normal people can do these things. It’s not like I’m trying to be a quarterback for an NFL team. If somebody else can do it, then I always think I can, too.”

At 36, Fimmel, who grew up with his parents and two older brothers on a 5,500-acre dairy farm in small-town Lockington, Australia, is trying something that’s well out of his comfort zone.

This month the former Calvin Klein underwear model, who had a mixed bag of TV and film roles before coming into his own as the lead on Vikings in 2013, is breaking into the world of big-budget summer blockbusters with Warcraft.

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May 2016
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Thanks so much to my good friend Ali, we have some new scans of Travis from the new issues of Empire UK and SFX. Both are on his new upcoming film Warcraft which hits theaters later this year. HQ scans have been added to the gallery.

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May 2016
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Though many have speculated that Travis Fimmel’s lead character Ragnar Lothbrok days are numbered in Season Four in History Channel’s drama series “Vikings,” they will all be in for a surprise as the famous Norse King makes his return this fall.

In the midseason finale entitled “The Last Ship,” Ragnar is seen battling his traitor brother Rollo by the waters of Paris but the fight among siblings did not go into Ragnar’s side as the raiding Vikings were halted by the Franks with their supreme leader severely injured. Though most of the show’s characters were skeptic about the whereabouts of their King Ragnar, a power struggle emerges in Kattegat as news of the Viking settlement were all slaughtered in England and that Ragnar had a son in Wessex.

Aside from the news, a growing tension arises from the two Queens in Ragnar’s life as Lagertha and Aslaug show who is supreme in Kattegat. As Bjorn, Ragnar’s eldest son, tells his brothers of the news and they in turn resent their father. And as he Bjorn prepares to sail into the Mediterranean, Ragnar makes his returns to Kattegat a hated man, and challenges his sons to kill him if they want to be King.

Though there are signs that Ragnar is ready to step down from his throne as Fimmel tells IGN that his character has grown tired of his adventures and misadventures that he has forgotten of who he really is.

“I feel like it always feels like he’s let down or he doesn’t have the support of the people anymore. He doesn’t know who to trust. The reasons are not what he thought he was doing it for. Everything that’s occurring is not why he started doing these adventures. It’s all for different reasons now — other people’s reasons, not Ragnar’s reasons. So he’s lost the beauty. He feels like the beauty of it’s all gone,” Fimmel said.

However, show runner Michael Hirst told Seattlepi that Ragnar will not die in the second half of the season as speculated by others, instead he will grow in wisdom and fans need to expect more from him and how his story lives on.

“If you knew what I know about what happens to Ragnar in the second half of the season, you, too, would be very happy that he didn’t die [during the fight with Rollo]. I think Travis is absolutely amazing on this journey and more powerful than ever. What happens to him is unbelievable. Prepare to shed a lot of tears, I think,” Hirst explained.

But what is more exciting is how will Bjorn rise to power and be handed by Ragnar of his throne to continue his legacy. Even Alexander Ludwig cannot explain his excitement as to how his character will come of age and claim the throne of his famous “father.”

“Being a fan of this show myself, even before I was on it, I’ve always found I was most attracted to seeing the Vikings. When I was told we were going to introduce these new brothers and they’re going to be older and it’s going to revolve around this new generation and I’ll be leading that, it was super exciting to see. I knew the scripts were only going to get more exciting for me because I love reading about the Vikings, because I think that’s a history that we’ve lost. A lot of people don’t know very much about how they lived, so that’s exciting,” Ludwig added.

Rumors are even swelling that the History Channel will air the second half of Season Four after the Season Finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” so as not to lose its viewers share and interest from the public. Episode 11 of the “Vikings” season four was originally scheduled to air on April 28 but was move to July.

History Channel wants to capitalize on the growing interest on its drama series “Vikings” that the show has been stretched to 20 episodes. Thus, Fimmel and Ragnar will still have more exposures in the show as it has even been given an extension for a Season Five.

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May 2016
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For Travis Fimmel and his character “Ragnar Lothbrok,” the time has come to retire from his mischief adventures in History’s hit drama/action series “Vikings” and to pass it on to his successor “Bjorn” played by Alexander Ludwig. In the midseason finale last week, Ragnar is looking at whom will take over his reign and all fingers are pointing to his eldest son Bjorn.

“Vikings” first aired in March 2013 narrating the wild imaginations of a farmer named Ragnar, whose tails of raiding, trading and exploring brought fame to his name not only as a chieftain but also as a king, but throughout the course of his adventure with his best buddy “Floki” played by Gustaf Skarsgård, would take them to the farthest regions away from home. But Fimmel tells IGN that Ragnar has lost the trust of his people and he has lost his touch of why he is doing all the riding and exploring.

“Everything’s changed around him, including him. Changed for the worst. I feel like it always feels like he’s let down or he doesn’t have the support of the people anymore. He doesn’t know who to trust. The reasons are not what he thought he was doing it for. Everything that’s occurring is not why he started doing these adventures. It’s all for different reasons now — other people’s reasons, not Ragnar’s reasons. So he’s lost the beauty. He feels like the beauty of it’s all gone,” Fimmel said of his character.

Seeing him in the midseason finale against his brother “Rollo” (Clive Standen), the outcome was not favorable with Ragnar that he suddenly vanished from the battle in Paris that had his sons wondering if he is dead or he simply retired as an old man in the wilderness. It was not the expected outcome of the TV series, but viewers were in for a shock that he resurfaced in the midst of all the chaos in his kingdom in Denmark.

But what will excite the viewers this coming fall for the second half of Season 4 will be the rising of Bjorn as the next leader of the Vikings together with his siblings namely Hvitserk (Marco Islo), Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen), Ubbe (Jordan Partick Smith) and Sigurd (David Lindstrom). Bjorn will take the lead the Viking way and he will have Floki by his side as his mentor and adviser, though no specific has been hatched yet if ever he will have a fight scene against his uncle Rollo.

Thus, the second half of the series will focus on how Bjorn rises as the new leader for the Vikings and how his brothers will support him and Ludwig is excited on how the story will play along.

“Being a fan of this show myself, even before I was on it, I’ve always found I was most attracted to seeing the Vikings. When I was told we were going to introduce these new brothers and they’re going to be older and it’s going to revolve around this new generation and I’ll be leading that, it was super exciting to see. I knew the scripts were only going to get more exciting for me because I love reading about the Vikings because I think that’s a history that we’ve lost. A lot of people don’t know very much about how they lived, so that’s exciting,” Ludwig added.

Looks like Fimmel’s time in the series is going for its end and Ludwig is set to take over his reigns. But Ragnar is stubborn and hard-headed at times, so more twists are coming as the second half of the season breaks the television genre this coming fall. “Vikings” is written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History.