Icelandic music composer Atli Örvarsson will created the music for the film The Eagle based on Rosemary Sutcliff‘s The Eagle of the Ninth. He works with industry-leading composer Hans Zimmer and is ‘rapidly joining the ranks of Hollywood’s most dynamic young musical talents’. Given Rosemary Sutcliff’s love of Icelandic sagas, this choice seems highly appropriate.
From a famous music family, Örvarsson was immersed in music from an early age. Since 2006, he has worked with Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, where he has collaborated on scores that include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Angels & Demons, The Simpsons Movie, and The Holiday. But before that, even by the age of twenty he was already performing and writing pop and jazz. He won three platinum and two gold albums in the 1990s for work with the rock band Sálin hans Jóns míns. He studied film scoring and classical composition in the USA and then moved first to work with TV composer Mike Post as composer and orchestrator for several hit TV shows, including all three Law and Order series and NYPD Blue.