Academy darling Timothée Chalamet gets a very rough royal treatment in the first trailer for Netflix’s The King.
Hailing from Australian director David Michôd (War Machine), the film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad plays, which compromise of Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. It follows the young Hal (Chalamet), wayward heir to the English throne who is thrust into the crown following the death of his tyrannical father (Ben Mendelsohn). While grappling with his conflicted past and the emotional struggles from it, Hal must balance the resulting war his father left behind and the politics of the court.
Hal’s left with his closest friend and mentor the alcoholic night John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton) and the French Duke of Guyenne, Louis (Robert Pattinson). Edgerton also co-wrote the script with Michôd.
It is very atmospheric and beautifully shot. We have a feeling that Chalamet may be nabbing an Oscar nod.
Michôd also released a statement on the movie.
“Before Joel Edgerton and I embarked on a retelling of the story of Henry V, I never thought I’d find myself one day making a medieval movie. Swords and horses were never my thing. But, the more we talked and the deeper I researched, the more excited I was by the idea of rendering the Middle Ages — its dirt, its brutality, its precariousness of life and death, its sheer other-worldliness — in a way that felt raw and human. I wanted the kind of medieval movie I might make—one devoid of the nationalist bombast normally associated with the story of Henry V and one that might illuminate the ways in which war can emerge from the swamp of power and paranoia, greed and hubris, fear and family.”
In the trailer, let’s be real, Robert Pattinson’s hair looks like Jackson Rathbone’s wig from Twilight. It is absolutely fascinating to observe.
The film is produced by Michôd, Edgerton, Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Jeremy Kleiner (12 Years A Slave), and Dede Gardner (Moonlight). Composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) provides the music for the film. Adam Arkapaw (Macbeth) is the cinematographer.
The King will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month. It will also debut in for a limited run in theatres before premiering on Netflix sometime this Fall. There is no exact release date at this time.
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