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Game of Thrones Alum Hafþór Björnsson Getting a New Series: Beat the Mountain

Natalie Zamora
Game of Thrones alum Hafþór Björnsson competing in the World's Strongest Man competition back in 2013.
Game of Thrones alum Hafþór Björnsson competing in the World's Strongest Man competition back in 2013. / Victor Fraile/Getty Images Sport

What's next on the agenda for a former World's Strongest Man? Well, when you've won the official competition, were named the champion in the Arnold Strongman Classic, set a world record for deadlifting, and are nicknamed "Thor," the sky is the limit. As for Hafþór Björnsson, a.k.a. The Mountain from Game of Thrones, he is now ready to allow others to challenge him as part of a brand-new TV series.

The bodybuilder, who is arguably most famous for his time playing Gregor Clegane on HBO's fantasy series, is now slated to star in a new project, appropriately titled Beat the Mountain. As the name indicates, the reality show will feature contestants competing against each other in challenges that will test their strength and endurance. For the lucky person who makes it all the way to the end, their final test will be to go up against Björnsson himself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is "described as a challenge that pits powerful, adept athletes against one another to fight it out in unique bouts." In a statement, Wheelhouse Entertainment president Eric Wattenberg said of Beat the Mountain:

"Thor’s incredible deadlift last weekend made news around the world and rallied millions to share in a stunning athletic achievement. While he’s definitely one of a kind, we see this show as inspiration for anyone that wants to push boundaries or cheer on those who do. No doubt Thor is built to move mountains, but he’s also a disciplined team player and a super-nice guy. We’re excited to partner with him on this new series and to see his fan base expand."

Sounds like Beat the Mountain might be equal parts bodybuilding and heartwarming moments? Sign us up. The series does not have a release date yet.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]