Although his specific role in the film has not been disclosed at this time, it has been announced that Bruce Dickinson of the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be starring in an upcoming horror movie that revolves around an ABBA tribute band.
As reported by Deadline, this film, titled Bjorn of the Dead, “centers around an ABBA tribute band who find themselves, along with other tribute acts, trapped in a nightclub at the start of the apocalypse. Bjorn and his band must work together to save themselves, humanity, and the future of music.”
It’s further noted that Dickinson is one of several cameos from the world of heavy metal and rock who will appear in the film.
This upcoming horror comedy will be directed by Elza Kephart (Slaxx); it was written and co-produced by Austin Dickinson, and it’s based on an original story written by Andrew Prendergast, who also produces. Raven Banner is handling worldwide sales of Bjorn of the Dead, which is noted to begin production in 2024.
In regard to the film, Prendergast shares, “We are thrilled to be making this blood-drenched gore fest from Austin’s super funny, terrifying, cautionary tale about the inner workings of the music industry.”
Austin Dickinson also provides the following comment: “I’m absolutely honored to be working with Raven Banner on this crazy adventure. Andrew, Elza, and myself can’t wait for you guys to see what’s in store. Get your spandex on, preen your wigs, and sharpen your axes. Bjorn is coming.”
The official synopsis for Bjorn of the Dead is as follows:
Bjorn, lead singer in Abbatoir, and his band mates Benny, Anni-Frid, and Agnetha spend their weekends covering Abba classics at a variety of increasingly depressing venues, from old folks’ homes to empty pub back rooms. It’s a grind and the band is ready to call it a day when Benny, the band’s oldest and most needy member, hears of a Battle Of The Bands competition for tribute bands at The Niney Dimey.
As the band arrives to load in their gear, things begin to go awry rather quickly. A disturbance in the main room of the venue rapidly gets out of control forcing Bjorn and his band to take cover backstage. Some of the other bands are injured from the fracas outside, injuries which soon present a problem when the wounded begin to metamorphose into bloodthirsty undead.
We will keep you posted on when a trailer for Bjorn of the Dead is released.
2024 is shaping up to be a big year for the frontman and Iron Maiden – not only does Dickinson have a new solo album coming out, but the band recently just announced a new North American tour.