Joel Edgerton will join Timothée Chalamet in Netflix’s The King.
The drama, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, follows the young Henry V, whose brother was killed in battle before his coronation. Crowned in the 1300s, the reluctant ruler finds himself leading the country when it is near a war with France and the empire is on the brink.
The film is directed by David Michôd, who burst onto the international stage with the excellent Animal Kingdom. Michôd is co-writing the film with Joel Edgerton, who starred in the 2010 gangster drama. The chameleonic actor’s versatility extends to behind the camera: he has previously written Jane Got a Gun, penned The Rover with Michôd, and written and directed The Gift. Now, Variety reports Edgerton is heading back in front of the camera for Michôd once more, signing on to co-star in The King.
Edgerton will play Falstaff, a character known to those familiar with Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V, which form the basis of the movie. The one true friend to Chamalet’s young king, he will guide and advise the young, disgraced prince as he inherits the kingdom.
Edgerton, meanwhile, is no stranger to Netflix, fresh off his co-starring role in the streaming giant’s fantasy cop thriller, Bright. He will next be seen in Boy Erased, which he has also directed, and is already buzzed about as an awards contender for next year.
Production on The King is set to begin this June.
Timothée Chalamet to play The King in David Michôd Netflix film
9th February 2018
This year’s Oscar breakout star Timothée Chalamet is heading to Netflix for his next film.
Deadline reports that the star of Call Me By Your Name, which earned him an Academy Award nod for his tender coming-of-age performance opposite Armie Hammer, will play the title character in The King, a new drama about Henry V by David Michôd.
Written by the Animal Kingdom director and Joel Edgerton, it follows the young king, whose brother was killed in battle before his coronation. Crowned in the 1300s, the reluctant ruler finds himself leading the country when it is near a war with France and the empire is on the brink.
The film is produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner also producing along with Edgerton and Michôd. Liz Watts, who produced Michôd’s Animal Kingdom and The Rover, is also producing.
The film marks a reunion for Netflix and Plan B, which previously collaborated for military satire War Machine. It also marks a reunion for Chalamet and Plan B, as the young actor is co-starring with Steve Carrell with the studio’s drama Beautiful Boy, a project set up at Amazon and directed by Felix Von Groeningen.
Production on Netflix’s The King will start in June.