Directed by David Michôd, a new drama film titled The King is slated to start streaming on Netflix sometime in the next few months. The film is based on an adaptation of several plays from Shakespeare’s Henriad. Though before it makes its home on Netflix, it will debut at the Venice Film Festival first on 2 September this year.

The King focuses on the story of a wayward prince named Hal as he takes the English throne after his father dies in a time of war and chaos. From the original plays, Hal is kind of a screw-up and not liked by the Royal Court as he likes to hang out in taverns.

Hal listens to Falstaff's lies in Henry IV, Part 1.
via Folger Shakespeare library
Hal listens to Falstaff’s lies in Henry IV, Part 1.
via Folger Shakespeare library (artist unknown)

Michôd and Joel Edgerton used Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V for material to write this screenplay adaptation. According to Den of Geek, The King will modernise the film and probably the language too, “omitting the ‘thou’ and ‘thy'” while also keeping the story as close to the original. This will certainly appeal to a wider audience.

They also serve as the film’s producers, along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Liz Watts and Brad Pitt.

Timothée Chalamet
via indiewire.com
Timothée Chalamet
via indiewire.com

American actor Timothée Chalamet stars as Hal/King Henry V. Chalamet got his breakthrough role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, for which he won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and is recognised as the third-youngest person in history to be nominated at the Oscars in the Best Actor category.

Just today, Chalamet uploaded the official poster of The King on Twitter. As of now, the poster garnered 14.8K retweets and 65.5K likes.

Official poster of The King
via Timothée Chalamet's Twitter (@RealChalamet)
Official poster of The King
via Timothée Chalamet’s Twitter (@RealChalamet)
Joel Edgerton
Photo by John Russo (via the-talks.com)
Joel Edgerton
Photo by John Russo (via the-talks.com)

Portraying the role of Hal’s chief friend Falstaff is Edgerton. Edgerton is Australian actor with other filmmaking talents who was in two Star Wars movies, Kinky Boots, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty and more.

Like Chalamet, Edgerton is not without global recognition as he has snagged awards like 2002 AACTA Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (The Secret Life of Us), 2014 AACTA International Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Great Gatsby) and 2018 AACTA Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay (Boy Erased).

The film’s cast also includes Robert Pattinson (The Dauphin), Ben Mendelsohn (King Henry IV), Sean Harris (Michael Williams), Lily-Rose Depp (Catherine), Tom Glynn-Carney (Henry “Hotspur” Percy), Thomasin McKenzie (Phillippa), Dean-Charles Chapman (Thomas) and more.

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