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'Vikings' has been commissioned for a fifth series, and its cast has got a new recruit too.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ('The Tudors') will join the marauding sea-goers for 20 new episodes of the period drama when series five will be broadcast in 2017.

The new run has been commissioned by US channel History. In the UK, it streams on Amazon Prime Video, though there's no word on whether Amazon has picked up the rights to series five.

History president Jana Bennett said in a statement: "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.

"'Vikings' has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will become a bigger part of the History family after his incredible performance in our upcoming performance of 'Roots'."

Series writer Michael Hirst also penned period dramas 'The Tudors' and 'Elizabeth', both of which starred Meyers.

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