Netflix movie The King, headlined by Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton, will put a modern spin on Shakespeare.
The King appears to be one of Netflix’s more promising projects. Indeed, the prestige picture brandishes the starring role of the recent Call Me By Your Name Oscar nominee, Timothée Chalamet, along with names like Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and Ben Mendelsohn to boot.
David Michôd serves as director, having recently helmed Netflix’s Brad Pitt-starring fact-based military drama, War Machine. However, he’s best known for directing the (current TNT television series-adapted,) 2010 crime drama, Animal Kingdom, in which cast members Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn co-starred. Michôd works off a script that he co-wrote with Edgerton.
The King Netflix Release Date
The King is still currently without an announced release date for Netflix.
However, the film is set for an out-of-competition premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival (held August 28 through September 7). Netflix announced last year that The King would commence production in the U.K. on June 1 (2018), eyeing a release for 2019. Despite the lack of a Netflix premiere date, that timeframe still seems to be holding.
In the meantime, check out the first official poster for The King, which was tweeted out by star Timothée Chalamet.
The King Netflix Details
The King recently released its first official image from Netflix. The full image, seen below, shows star Timothée Chalamet in full regal splendor as King Henry V, joined by his royal entourage.
As the film’s official log line reads:
“Inspired by elements of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V, a young, disgraced prince, Hal inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff.”
To elaborate, the movie adapts William Shakespeare’s quartet of historically-dramatized plays, known by scholars as the “Henriad” (a play on The Iliad,) or, the “Henry Tetralogy,” which consists of Richard II, in which Hal’s father, Henry Bolingbroke, usurps the throne, the duo of Henry IV Part I and Part II, chronicling Prince Hal’s rise, and Henry V, showing the now-king Henry making the famous “band of brothers” speech before leading England’s army against the French in the famed Battle of Agincourt.
However, Netflix’s The King will attempt to modernize the Bard’s War of the Roses-era chronicles – likely omitting the “thou” and “thy” vernacular – while still focusing on the rise to power of young Hal (Chalamet), who enters the story as a slacker and screw-up of a prince, who’s quite far from his eventual battlefield-born glory as King Henry V, spending his days hanging out with the drunken scoundrel knight, Falstaff (Edgerton).
The King Netflix Cast
Here’s the officially announced cast lineup.
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) will play Hal.
Joel Edgerton (Bright, Loving, The Great Gatsby) will play Falstaff.
Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Macbeth) will play William.
Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One, Bloodline) will play King Henry IV.
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga, The Lost City of Z) will play The Dauphin.
Lily-Rose Depp (The Summoning, The Dancer) will play Princess Catherine.
Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) will play Hotspur.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace) will play Philippa.
…We’ll keep you updated on Netflix’s The King as news arrives!
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