Netflix’s The King Adds Ben Mendelsohn & More As Filming Starts

Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp and others will join Timothée Chalamet in Netflix's Shakespeare-based film The King, which is set to begin shooting on June 1st. David Michôd will direct the drama after previously helming the Brad Pitt satire War Machine for the streaming service. The King was co-written by Michôd and Joel Edgerton, who previously collaborated on Animal Kingdom.

Based on elements of the Shakespeare plays Henry IV and Henry V, The King stars Oscar-nominee Chalamet as Hal, the newly crowned monarch who must learn what it takes to be a king from his old friend and mentor Falstaff (Edgerton). In the plays, Hal begins as something of a disgrace, spending his time in taverns with Falstaff and his bawdy friends, much to the chagrin of his father Henry IV. But when Hal inherits the crown upon the death of Henry, he must reject his loose ways and prove himself worthy of the throne. Co-writer Edgerton previously described The King as "Shakespeare meets Game of Thrones."

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With production on The King set to kick off, Netflix has announced the full cast for the period drama. Joining Chalamet will be Ben Mendelsohn as Henry IV, Robert Pattinson as The Dauphin, Lily-Rose Depp as Princess Catherine, Sean Harris as William, Tom Glynn-Carney as Hotspur and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Philippa.

The King marks the second collaboration between Michôd and Mendelsohn after the two worked together on 2010's Animal Kingdom. Michôd and Pattinson also worked together before on 2014's post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover. Though they've never been in a movie together, Chalamet and Pattinson share a certain bond, having both experienced what it's like to be considered a major heartthrob. Pattinson of course achieved genuine teen icon status after his performance as vampire Edward in the Twilight films. Chalamet himself has become the heartthrob of the moment off his performances in Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name and others, though he's set to challenge that image in his upcoming movies, including the drama Beautiful Boy in which he plays a meth addict.

Being a Shakespeare adaptation, The King gives Chalamet and Pattinson a chance to do a lot more than show off their heartthrob status. Chalamet steps into a role that's previously been tackled by some of the greats of cinema, including Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh (both of whom directed and starred in adaptations of Henry V, which takes place after Hal has taken the crown and become a great warrior-king with a penchant for giving stirring speeches). Edgerton meanwhile steps into the role of Falstaff, one of the juiciest characters in all Shakespeare. Orson Welles gave arguably the definitive cinematic interpretation of Falstaff in his 1965 film Chimes at Midnight.

The King is set for a 2019 release.

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