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Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to join the fifth season of the History series Vikings, reports

The series follows Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking hero praised in Norse legend. We follow Lothbrok and his tribe as they raid early England. The History Channel announced today that the fifth season has been confirmed and will include 20 episodes.

If you need a little catching up, here’s the trailer for season four:

It’s not clear what role Rhys Meyers will be taking on at this point. But we do know filming will start this summer, with the season airing in 2017.

That gives us plenty of time to mull it over: will he be a Viking with long hair? Or a clean-cut English soldier, going fist to fist with the invaders?

Rhys Meyers is originally from Dublin, Ireland. Possibly his character will call for his native accent?

The Vikings did make their way to Ireland, too.

We know this because we went on a tour of the Viking raid ourselves with this Anglophenia post.

If you’re wanting to know more about the Vikings’ history, our web series episode “The Vikings: Myth vs. Fact” might come in handy:

Of course, 2017 seems far off. But, Rhys Meyers will be on screen before then, also starring in the 2016 TV series remake of the historical drama Roots.

You may have been introduced to Rhys Meyers earlier in his career, when he starred as a soccer coach in 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, opposite Keira Knightley. Or in the heart-stopping thriller Match Point in 2005, also starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew Goode. From 2007 through 2010, he took on the sexy portrayal of King Henry VIII in The Tudors, opposite Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn.

Do you have a favorite Jonathan Rhys Meyers role?

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By Brigid Brown