Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju and his wife Gry Molvær at an Oslo premiere party. Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix
Last week it emerged that the fantasy show’s producers HBO were eyeing Sweden’s Baltic island Gotland as a possible location for filming. At the time, it was said that there was a “50/50 chance” the show would come to Sweden, but now it appears that HBO may have instead settled on Norway.
Speaking to newspaper Hela Gotland (which broke the news that Game of Thrones was looking into filming in Sweden), a spokesperson for regional film production organization Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen said Norway is now thought to be HBO’s pick.
Mia Uddgren said that Norway has the upper hand over Sweden when it comes to luring international producers.
“Given that Norway has a film production tax break it has a competitive advantage,” Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen film commissioner Mia Uddgren noted.
Jon Snow and the wildlings would probably feel quite at home in Norway. After all, wildling leader Tormund Gianstbane is played by none other than the country’s very own Kristofer Hivju.
While landing Game of Thrones would be a major coup for Norway, the country is also reportedly in the running to host scenes for the most successful movie franchise of all time: Star Wars.
In August it was reported that Lucas Film was considering filming scenes at Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, the fjord-side precipice that is one of Norway's most-visited tourist attractions for an “upcoming blockbuster movie”.
According to Aftenposten, the film in question is a new addition to the Star Wars series. It didn’t explicitly state that it would be the much-anticipated 'Episode VIII', the follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’ that is due to hit theatres in December 2017.
Executives from Marvel Studios were also in Norway over the summer to scout locations, which Aftenposten speculated could mean that parts of 'Avengers: Infinity War' could be filmed at Norwegian locations.