Catherine Hardwicke will be directing an adaptation of Vault Comics’ acclaimed queer feminist-viking series, Heathen. Created by Natasha Alterici, the book is about a Norse warrior woman, Aydis, who sets out the kill the ultimate patriarch himself, Odin. “Aydis decides to take on Odin himself and sets forth on a journey to free the defiant valkyrie Brynhild,” reports The Mary Sue, “with some help from the queer, polyamorous goddess of love, Freyja.” The series was published after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Kerry Williamson is writing the adaptation. “The entire Heathen team and I are incredibly excited about adapting my little lesbian viking comic for film, especially with a kindred spirit like Kerry writing it,” Alterici told Deadline. The Heathen adaptation comes on the heels of Marvel’s announcement that Natalie Portman will be playing Thor in the upcoming Love & Thunder. Hardwicke is no stranger to femme-horror adaptations of myth. The director sank her teeth into the first Twilight movie before taking on the dark and gritty reimagining of Red Riding Hood.
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