Timothée Chalamet has joined the cast of The King, a movie about the life of young King Henry V that filmmaker David Michôd is developing for Netflix. This is the first project that Chalamet has signed on for since he received a Best Actor Oscar nod for his breakout performance in Luca Guadagnino’s Best Picture-nominated coming of age/summer romance, Call Me By Your Name. The King also marks a reunion for Netflix and Michôd, after their efforts together on the Brad Pitt-headlined Afghanistan war satire War Machine.
Pitt is also producing The King for Netflix, alongside his Plan B producing partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Also reuniting with Michôd behind the camera here is Joe Edgerton, who previously starred in the director’s crime family saga Animal Kingdom and co-wrote Michôd’s post-apocalyptic drama The Rover back in 2014. Edgerton is now cowriting The King‘s script with Michôd, in addition to serving as a producer on the film.
Deadline is reporting that Chalamet will star in The King as the young King Henry V, with production scheduled to get underway this June ahead of the film’s premiere on Netflix at some point in 2019. The movie picks up around the time that Henry was crowned the King of England in the early 15th century, as England found itself on the brink of war with France. Robert Pattinson, who costarred in The Rover with Guy Pearce, has hinted in the past that he will be collaborating with Michôd again on The King, but that has yet to be either confirmed or firmly denied.
Michôd joins a growing number of filmmakers who have enjoyed the greater creative freedom afforded to them by Netflix, and are now developing even more original content for the streaming service. Their ranks also include Ava DuVernay, who helmed Netflix’s Oscar-nominated justice system documentary 13th and is now working on a docudrama series about the Central Park Five for the company; David Ayer, who is now set to write and direct a sequel to his own fantasy-infused Netflix cop drama/thriller Bright, once again starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton; and Noah Baumbach, who is now working on his second familial comedy/drama for Netflix after last year’s The Meyerowitz Stories: New and Selected, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi costars Laura Dern and Adam Driver among its cast members.
Netflix is of course no stranger to period dramas about European royalty thanks to The Crown, but Michôd’s The King should be a far cry from that award-winning historical series purely in terms of tone and style. The filmmaker’s work in general embraces a grittier aesthetic and favors raw melodrama, as well as overt political commentary. The King should also provide Chalamet with yet another interesting addition to his growing collection of film roles, what with his resume already including movies as varied as this year’s awards season contenders Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name, as well as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and Scott Cooper’s grisly western Hostiles (which is currently in theaters).
The King is expected to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2019.
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