Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to Star in Horror Movie About ABBA Cover Band

Hallowed be thy name, 'Bjorn of the Dead'

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 7, 2023

Despite being hard at work at his forthcoming solo effort, The Mandrake Project, Iron Maiden frontperson Bruce Dickinson has more big plans cooking — some of which will bring him to a deadly disco dance floor.

The musician has signed on to star in a new horror movie about an ABBA cover band, Deadline reports. Entitled Bjorn of the Dead (because what else would you possibly call it?), the film follows ABBA tribute act Abbatoir, who end up trapped in a nightclub with a bunch of other cover bands while the zombie apocalypse is nigh.

Dickinson obviously plays (a seemingly umlaut-less) Bjorn (Ulvaeus), the Abbatoir singer who has gotten tired of playing the Swedish band's hits in a multitude of sad locales like retirement homes. However, it seems like there may be a redemption arc on the horizon when they get word of a Battle of the Bands competition for tribute acts at a local club, the Niney Dimey, where bloody hi-jinx inevitably ensues.

Directed by Elza Kephart, Bjorn of the Dead was written by co-producer (and the musician's son) Austin Dickinson, based on the original story by fellow co-producer Andrew Prendergast.

"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," Prendergast said in a statement.

The younger Dickinson added, "I'm absolutely honoured 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."

Not a single "Run to the Hills" joke, guys? Really? Anyway, the movie is slated to go into production next year. Jury's still out on whether the team has gotten all the proper rights and permissions in place from the Swedish pop stalwarts, who have been known to sue bloodthirsty cover bands.

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