I have no doubt that you know who Netflix are, the media streaming service has become renowned for its high quality TV productions like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil to name a few. They have also set their gaze onto bigger game, producing a range of their own films and I think it’s fair to say they are aiming to be a big contender to the cinema industry. Recently we’ve seen them release Bright a modern day fantasy movie starring none other than Will Smith along with The Cloverfield Paradox which is the latest entry in the franchise. Coming up later this year is a new Scottish Historical epic, Outlaw King.
The movie takes place in the early 14th Century and tells the story of Robert the Bruce’s struggle to regain control of Scotland after King Edward I of England had made him an outlaw for taking up Scotland’s crown. After being defeated by an ambush of English troops, Robert is forced flee and rebuild his forces in order to take on the might of the oppressors and win Scotland’s freedom. Robert the Bruce is one the country’s most treasured heroes, his efforts as King helped regain its freedom and ensured that it would always be an independent land.
This is not the first time that the time period has been covered; the movie Braveheart takes place just before and also centres on the First War of Scottish Independence. Robert the Bruce plays a major role in film and does what he can to help the leading character, William Wallace, fight off the English. Outlaw King will be set just after the events that took place in Braveheart, though of course it isn’t a sequel. Braveheart is well known for its copious historic discrepancies; costumes, events and a certain moment involving lineage are all gratuitously embellished in what is known as one of the most “Hollywoodised” films going. From the trailer and on set photography though, it would appear that this film will have learnt from those mistakes, at least as far as costume is concerned.
The film is directed by David Mackenzie, a Scottish filmmaker and produced by Glasgow-based production company Sigma Films (of which Mackenzie is a co-founder) along with Netflix. Mackenzie has directed several films, his most notable being Hell or High Water which was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Picture. Chris Pine will be starring as Robert the Bruce (because heaven forbid a Scotsman ever play a lead in a movie about a Scottish Hero) who worked with Mackenzie previously in Hell or High Water. The film will also star Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kickass), Florence Pugh (The Falling) and Stephen Dillane (Game of Throne) as Edward I. There is a trailer available to view now and the film is scheduled to be released on Netflix on November 9th 2018. The film will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th. Let’s hope it’s as inspirational as Braveheart, only with a bit more truth to it.