The latest cinematic instalment in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, premieres in London tonight, followed quickly in Iceland this Friday, bringing cheer to Harry Potter fans the world over. Amongst the witches, wizards, muggles and other mythical creatures portrayed in the film, fans will also be able to spot three Icelandic actors, including two of the country’s biggest names.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist on a mission with young Dumbledore—played by Jude Law—to take down the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, played by fellow legend of the silver screen, Johnny Depp.
Mixed in this star-studded cast is the veteran Icelandic actor, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, who portrays Grimmson, a powerful bounty hunter hired by the Ministry of Magic. It remains to be seen, however, if his character will help Newt and friends, or choose to foil their plans.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, another seasoned Icelandic actor, plays Skender, the scandalous ringmaster of a wizarding circus and freak show known as ‘Circus Arcanus’. This carnival of cruelty boasts the “world’s most complete congress of human oddities”. In the realms of JK Rowling’s imagination, this could truly mean anything!
Fans of the Nordic Noir series, Trapped, will recognise both Ólafur Darri and Ingvar E. as the surly but determined police officers, Andri and Ásgeir. In this powerhouse of Scandinavian television, both men are tasked to investigate a grisly crime in a remote Icelandic fishing village, all while a powerful storm approaches.
Furthermore, Ólafur Darri has appeared in a number of other well-known projects, including HBO’s True Detective and the Ben Stiller vehicles, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Zoolander 2.
Ingvar E., another fantastically successful export, can be seen in Hollywood blockbuster films such as Justice League and Everest, as well as the Icelandic classic Englar Alheimsins (‘Angels of the Universe’).
A third Icelander, actress Álfrún Gísladóttir (aka; Alfrun Rose), plays a small part as a “Red Haired Young Witch”. Having previously only played small roles in various productions, it would appear that Álfrún is working her way up step-by-step in this cutthroat industry. Who knows what we can expect from this bright young talent in the future?