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Top 5 Actors to Play Logen “The Bloody Nine” Ninefingers
Thursday , 12 March 2015 , 05 : 05 AM

By Sean Grigsby


Logen Ninefingers is “grimdark personified”. He's a man whose duality is not just philosophical. Whether you sympathize with the quiet and loveable lug, Logan, or the blood-lusting counterpart known as the Bloody Nine, this guy gets under your skin—one way or another. He's a brute of a man: scarred, broken, but unbeaten. The actor who plays him will need to be big and have the skill to play both the affable barbarian, and the psychotic Bloody Nine.

(If you haven't read The Blade Itself, quick, go find out more about Logen Ninefingers)

While there’s no mention just yet of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series heading for the big screen (through no lack of wishful thinking here, here, and a step towards visualisation with the First Law comic here), we've thrown together a list of actors who would fit well in the role of everybody’s favourite barbarian.


  1. Sven Nordin

You’ve probably never heard of this guy, unless you’re keen on Netflix’s Lilyhammer. This big Norwegian is a fine actor, who we think can bring out all of Logen’s complexities. He’s definitely the most soft-edged on the list. But remember, Hugh Jackman was doing musicals before becoming the Wolverine.



  1. Manu Bennet

Known for his roles as Crixus in the Spartacus series and Deathstroke in Arrow, Manu Bennet has shown he can pull off the part of a gruff warrior. He has the size, the brutality. But does he have the heart?



  1. Clive Standen

Fans of the Vikings TV series know that Clive Standen’s Rollo is a complicated force to be reckoned with. The Bloody Nine would be an easy transition. He was also in a few episodes of Doctor Who for those of you keeping fandom points.



  1. Rory McCann

The Hound is a favorite from the Game of Thrones HBO series. Rory McCann has already shown he can wear his scars with pride. He’s certainly used to being around flying blades and blood. Look at this short list of credits: Solomon Kane, Clash of the Titans (2010), Season of the Witch. Does he have what it takes to be Logen Ninefingers? 



  1. Mickey Rourke

Admittedly the first face to come to mind when thinking of a possible casting. Rourke has been around for a long time, but made big waves for his portrayal of a former professional wrestler in The Wrestler. And who can forget Marv from the Sin City movies? For me, Mickey would be the number one choice to portray my favourite affable and bloody barbarian.


Have you thought of better actor choices for Ninefingers? Comment below.

The top image - Logen Ninefinger's digitally realised head - was nabbed from the brilliant artist RedHeretic over on DeviantArt.

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Comments (11)
Comments by Tnbixler December 28, 2016

Mickey Rourke was my first choice. Marv and the Bloody Nine are damn similar in appearance and persona

Comments by Nogoodforeachother September 16, 2016

Joe Manganiello has the height/size, darkness and bonhomie, I think.

Comments by Mean August 20, 2016

Ray Stevenson

Comments by Flashypants May 06, 2015

Great list! Struggled to come up with anything to add, maybe Tom Hardy?Maybe a bit young yet but did a cracking job playing a nut job in Bronson

Comments by David Hockabout May 04, 2015

Well, that could lead to another death for Sean. LOL

Comments by David Hockabout May 04, 2015

Rory McCann would my choice. His role as The Hound demonstrated that he could pull off the soft side of Logan, his relationship with Arya demonstrates this ability, well as the humor. There is no need to make an argument for pulling off the brutal side of Logan.

Comments by WriterJosh May 02, 2015

The last time I read it, I pictured Ray Stevenson. Out of this list, Rory McCann is my favorite.

Comments by AdrianGdM March 15, 2015

Thanks for that mate. Good pickup!

Comments by energy March 12, 2015

Minor correction, Manu Bennett portrays Slade Wilson (Deathstroke,) not Deadshot in arrow. I fully back the list though!

Comments by Carole-Ann March 12, 2015

My favourite Bad-Boy (though he’s getting a little grey-haired now) is Sean Bean, and I’d love to see him play Logan :)

Comments by Jesse March 12, 2015

Manu Bennett plays Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) in Arrow, not Deadshot.