Rhys Meyers Joins Season 5 Of ‘Vikings’

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With the announcement of the renewal of Vikings, the show introduces new cast member Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

DRACULA -- Season 2012 -- -- Pictured: Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- (Photo by: Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images)

HISTORY has picked up a 20 episode fifth season of the critically acclaimed drama series “Vikings,” it was announced today by Jana Bennett, President and General Manager of HISTORY. Golden Globe® Award winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Roots”) joins the cast for season five.

“The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,” said Bennett. “’Vikings’ has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the HISTORY family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of ‘Roots’.”

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings “Vikings” to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.