Eying a release on Netflix globally in December 2022, Troll is the big new fantasy movie coming out of Norway from director Roar Uthaug. Here’s everything we know so far about Troll.
According to director Roar Uthaug, the idea for Troll has been developed in the back of his mind for the past 20 years.
The idea for Troll is Uthaug’s with the script for the movie written by Espen Aukan, who has worked on such projects as Vikingulven, The Games, and Wettlaufer’s Widow.
Here’s what Uthaug said about developing the movie for Netflix:
“Troll is an idea that has been developing in the back of my mind for over 20 years. To finally be able to realize it with the enthusiastic and ambitious people at Netflix and Motion Blur is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to unleash this Norwegian monster on the world.”
At the time of the initial announcement, David Kosse, Vice President of International Original Film at Netflix, commented:
“We are incredibly proud to bring a Norwegian project of this scale to the world together with Roar Uthaug and Motion Blur. Roar is an extremely skilled filmmaker and I’m excited for him to go back to his Norwegian roots with this ambitious, fun film.”
Producers Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud added:
“We are thrilled to bring Troll to life, a Norwegian fairy tale figure, played, directed and produced by Norwegians for the global market. We at Motion Blur are ecstatic to finally announce this collaboration with director Roar Uthaug and Netflix.”
Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud are producing for Motion Blur, they previously worked on the Netflix film Cadaver.
Netflix release date for Troll?
When the film was initially announced in August 2020, Netflix confirmed that it would be released sometime in 2022.
What’s on Netflix can exclusively reveal that Netflix is eying the movie to release on the service on December 1st, 2022. We will update you once we have confirmation.
We also have our first look at Troll, thanks to a teaser released by Netflix during their Geeked Week event.
In fairness, the trailer doesn’t immediately reveal the source of the devastation. The first few seconds might remind viewers of Roland Emmerich’s classic disaster films, as we see the destruction that the troll leaves in its wake. But when archeologist Nora Tidemann is appointed as a special advisor to the desperate Prime Minister, the story begins to take form. “Something came out of the mountain,” Nora says, as we see an overhead shot of her walking across a massive footprint the size of an Olympic size swimming pool, while “In the Hall of the Mountain King” plays in the background. The piece of music perfectly sums up the trailer’s vibe: foreboding, but also sort of playful.
What is the plot of Troll?
Inspired by local folklore, Troll tells an epic tale of human survival in the face of literally giant odds. When a mythical troll reawakens from its 1000-year slumber, a cast of diverse characters must figure out a way to understand it, survive it, and almost foolishly, battle it.
Here is the official logline for Netflix’s Troll as shared by Variety:
Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, Norway, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway, with city-dweller struggling to stop something they thought existed only in Norwegian folklore.
And here is a different one from Netflix’s website itself:
When an ancient troll is awakened in a Norwegian mountain, a rag-tag group of heroes must come together to try and stop it from wreaking deadly havoc.
What’s the production status of Troll?
Production for Netflix’s Troll started in September 2021, as was reported in issue 1261 of Production Weekly. Filming ended on December 12th, 2021, and has since been in post-production.
Filming took place primarily in Oslo, Norway.