Netflix has found it difficult to get medieval on subscribers, but not for a lack of trying. Last year, the streaming giant premiered the since-forgotten Chris Pine film Outlaw King, about Robert the Bruce. Later this year, it'll launch an adaptation of The Witcher, with Henry Cavill and enough broad swords to give Game of Thrones a run for its money. But Netflix's best shot at capturing the Braveheart audience might be found with Timothée Chalamet in a bowl cut. As the Netflix Twitter account proclaimed Tuesday: All hail The King.
Based on William Shakespeare's Henry V, The King stars Chalamet as "Hal," whom Netflix describes as a "wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne." Per the official description: Hal "has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life -- including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the aging alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton)."
Chalamet, who broke out in 2017's twosome of Call Me By Your Name (which nabbed him an Oscar nomination for best actor) and Lady Bird (which nabbed him a devoted social media following that's hella tight) and Edgerton (who co-wrote the script) are joined in the project by Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp, and future Batman himself, Robert Pattinson (who, not to be outdone by Chalamet's 'do, is given long blond hair to work with). David Michôd, who worked with Edgerton on Animal Kingdom (the original movie, not the TNT show) and Pattinson on The Rover and directed Brad Pitt in the Netflix film War Machine, handles filmmaking duties. This one looks appropriately epic and is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival this weekend before a larger rollout in select theaters and on Netflix later this year.
Watch the trailer for The King above.