Travis Fimmel's reign as King of Denmark has come to an end after four seasons of #Vikings. With the death of his character Ragnar Lothbrok last week, Fimmel bid a permanent farewell to Kattegat and his viking family. But will the Australian actor be able to maintain his success in his future roles?
Fimmel set his highly successful modelling career aside to focus on acting, though the films and shows he starred in received generally average or even negative reviews. He co-starred alongside Patrick Swayze in in The Beast, which was commended by critics but cancelled mid-production after Swayze's death.
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Things started to look up when he found himself praised for his performance in Vikings, with creator Michael Hirst even deciding not to kill off his character in the first season due to how well audiences responded to him. But his most recent role as Anduin Lothar in the film adaptation of iconic MMORPG Warcraft saw Fimmel starring in yet another badly received movie, with considerably terrible reviews.
Can He Break The Curse?
Granted, Fimmel can't be solely blamed for his films' lack of success. As much as his depiction of the great Ragnar Lothbrok has been highly praised, there's only so much that great acting can do to help a script with an average narrative.
Will Fimmel be able to carry his next projects, or will his talent go unnoticed against even more dull scripts? Check out his next four projects and judge for yourself:
4. Lean On Pete
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Amy Seimetz
Fimmel's Character: Ray
Plot: Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, Lean On Pete tells the story of a teenage boy and his friendship with a racehorse named Lean on Pete. Fimmel plays his father, Ray, a farmer struggling to support his son both financially and emotionally.
3. Finding Steve McQueen
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Rachael Taylor, William Fichtner
Fimmel's Character: Harry Barber
Plot: Based on the true story of the 1972 United California Bank Robbery (the biggest heist in US history), Fimmel's character is part of a gang who attempt to steal $30 million from Richard Nixon's secret fund of illegal money.
Director: Peter Segal
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Yifei Liu
Fimmel's Character: Lucky
Plot: This Chinese-produced sci-fi disaster movie chronicles the destruction of the Earth when the planet suddenly begins to lose its gravity. Fimmel's character looks to be part of a team trying desperately to save Earth and its inhabitants from certain death.
1. All Quiet On The Western Front
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Remaining cast unknown
Fimmel's Character: Stanislaus Katczinsky
Plot: This acclaimed war film, based on a 1929 novel, is based on the frank portrayal of one soldier's experiences on the battlefront. It's already had two movie adaptations, and is regarded as one of the greatest accounts of war ever told.
What did you think of Ragnar's final scene on Vikings?