Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is back at the top of the charts after exploding to stardom in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones epic.
Nikolaj, who played Jaime Lannister in all eight seasons of the fantasy epic, alongside Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, and Sophie Turner – and a slew of other major names – was already well-known in his home Denmark before he’d heard of Westeros.
Now, he’s creating a name for himself on Netflix, with his thriller The Silencing ranking second on Netflix’s Top 10 most viewed films in the US chart for December 1.
‘A rehabilitated hunter becomes entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as he sets out to track down a killer who may have stolen his daughter years ago,’ according to the streaming site’s description.
Originally published in 2020, it didn’t exactly explode into the scene – but now, with to the beauty of on-demand films and a never-ending archive of film selections, as well as good old-fashioned word-of-mouth, people are taking notice.
‘Watched The Silencing on Netflix last night. Such a great movie from beginning to end. A hidden gem,’ wrote one fan on X, formerly Twitter.
‘Need to be sleep but The Silencing on Netflix good af,’ said another, while someone else chimed in: ‘Just finished watching “The Silencing” on @Netflix it’s a top 10 for sure.’
‘The Silencing on Netflix highly recommended, added another, while someone else wrote: ‘The Silencing on Netflix 10/10.’
The thriller also includes Annabelle Wallis as Shariff Alice Gustafson, who portrayed Tommy Shelby’s love interest Grace Burgess in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders, and Zahn McClarnon from Longmire.
In this criminal thriller, Annabelle and Nikolaj’s characters work together to track down a serial murderer.
Chatting about The Silencing in a 2020 interview on its release to Collider, Nikolaj said: ‘For me, it was, in many ways, a familiar story. It’s a story about a guy who’s haunted by his past and needs to find some kind of closure.
‘There’s a killer, so you have that aspect you. And then, it had some twists that I thought were interesting, especially with the hero character and Annabelle [Wallis’] character, and that relationship, that surprised me in a way that I thought, “Well, this is a twist that I didn’t see coming.”
‘There were quite a few little things where you had the thriller and those elements, but then it also had things that were unusual.’
We’ll be adding this one to the Christmas watch list.