Byrne cast in History’s ‘Vikings’

Scripted series set to debut in 2013

History has tabbed Gabriel Byrne to star in scripted series “Vikings,” set to launch next year.

Byrne, who most recently played a therapist for three seasons on HBO’s intimate drama “In Treatment,” will play Ragnar Lothbrok, who strives to become the king of his tribe.

Series, to be filmed at Ashford Studios in Ireland, was created and written by Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”).

History, looking to make a mark in the scripted world after building a string of successful reality franchises, is set to debut its six-hour miniseries “Hatfields and McCoys” on May 28.

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