Alexander Ludwig, who received critical acclaim for his role as Bjorn Ironsides in The History Channel’s VIKINGS, is one of the most promising and sought after stars of his generation. When he isn’t acting, Alexander, a talented musician, can be found writing for film and television as well as surfing, extreme skiing, skydiving, traveling the world and working with a variety of philanthropic organizations.  In this interview, Paul Salfen asks about his role in RECON.

Interview by Paul Salfen

SYNOPSIS: A thriller set in the mountains of Italy at the close of World War II. Adapted from the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller “Peace” by famed author Richard Bausch, and based on a true event – RECON tells the story of four American soldiers in World War II, who after they witness a vicious murder of an innocent civilian at the hands of their platoon Sergeant, are sent on a reconnaissance/suicide mission lead by a local partisan, an elderly man whose indeterminate loyalties add to the terror and confusion that engulfs the Americans as they are hunted by an unseen enemy.

Recon centers around young men in the midst of war. The action occurs over the course of one long day between four soldiers placed in a crucible, as they debate both their fates and that of life itself. Each has a different perspective, liberal, racist, uncertain – a metaphor for the America both of 1945 and 2020.

As the soldiers fight amongst themselves, they realize they are being both hunted and haunted by a mysterious sniper and the specter of a burning question – is their Italian guide, this old man from the village, a fascist sympathizer who wishes to lead them to their death? As they struggle to make it off the mountain alive, these American soldiers face the worst that war can offer men… and through this each finds their own peace.

Recon centers around young men in the midst of war. The action occurs over the course of one long day between four soldiers placed in a crucible, as they debate both their fates and that of life itself. Each has a different perspective, liberal, racist, uncertain – a metaphor for the America both of 1945 and 2020.

  As they struggle to make it off the mountain alive, these American soldiers face the worst that war can offer men… and through this each finds their own peace.




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