Chris Pine is the "Outlaw King" Robert the Bruce in a new photo from director David Mackenzie and Netflix's upcoming historical action-drama, Outlaw King. The film marks the second collaboration for Pine and Mackenzie after their Best Picture Oscar nominated neo-western, Hell or High Water.
Written by Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes), Bash Doran (Boardwalk Empire), David Harrower (Una), James MacInnes (The Rocket Post), and Mackenzie, Outlaw King tells the real-life story of Robert (Pine), the nobleman-turned outlaw who rallied Scotland to fight back against King Edward I (Stephen Dillane) and his son, the Prince of Wales (Billy Howle), during England's occupation of medieval Scotland. Pine's Hell or High Water costar Ben Foster was attached to portray Robert's associate James Douglas early on, but the role ended up being handled by (ex-Quicksilver) Aaron Taylor-Johnson instead. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) also costars here as Elizabeth de Burgh.
While Outlaw King will be made available to watch through Netflix starting this fall, the company is also going to give the film a limited theatrical run. That will allow the movie to both compete in the awards season to come and qualify for every category at the 2019 Oscars ceremony (including, yes, the newly-introduced and highly controversial "Popular Film" award). EW has now released a new photo of Pine from the film, as part of its Fall 2018 movie preview image gallery. Take a look, below.
By the look of things, Outlaw King will be part of Netflix's bid to really gain some traction during the film awards race to come. The movie is one of several director-driven offerings the streaming service has on its docket this fall, along with projects like Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama-thriller 22 July and the Coen Brothers' anthology western series-turned film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. No doubt, Netflix is hoping to build on its success from last year, when it won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for Icarus and picked up four Academy Award nominations for Dee Rees' period drama Mudbound.
Pine, who is carrying over his bearded look from A Wrinkle in Time for Outlaw King, and Mackenzie delivered a handsomely-crafted and movingly acted neo-western with Hell or High Water, and there's fair reason to think their medieval wartime drama will prove to be a similarly elevated take on its respective genre. The movie shouldn't be lacking when it comes to authenticity either, seeing as Mackenzie and his production team actually shot Outlaw King in the filmmaker's native Scotland. Who knows, Outlaw King might yet go on to become the first film to snag Pine a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Outlaw King begin streaming through Netflix on Friday, November 9.