The King: Release Date, Trailer and Details on Netflix Shakespeare Movie

Netflix movie The King, headlined by Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton, puts a modern spin on Shakespeare.

The King appears to be one of Netflix’s more promising projects. Indeed, the prestige picture brandishes the starring role of the recent Call Me By Your Name Oscar nominee, Timothée Chalamet, along with names like Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and Ben Mendelsohn to boot.

The film adapts Henry V, one of Shakespeare’s most famous history-based plays (frequently exemplified by Kenneth Branagh’s star-making performance in the 1989 film version, which he also directed), which follows the unlikely regal rise to greatness of young slacker Prince Hal; a rise that culminates with him leading the English army against the French in the Battle of Agincourt, which took place on Saint Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, leading to England’s greatest victory in the Hundred Years’ War.

David Michôd serves as director, having recently helmed Netflix’s Brad Pitt-starring fact-based military drama, War Machine. However, he’s best known for directing the (current TNT television series-adapted,) 2010 crime drama, Animal Kingdom, in which cast members Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn co-starred. Michôd works off a script that he co-wrote with Edgerton.

The King Netflix Trailer

“The screams of your men shall lull me to sleep at night.”

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The final trailer for Netflix’s The King has arrived, providing an overall view of Hal’s legendary arc, and proof that Robert Pattinson’s performance as the boastful, sinister Dauphin would have made for a decent Batman villain.

The first trailer, seen just below, showcases the paranoia and isolation that defines the existence of the newly-crowned King Henry V (Chalamet). Indeed, the only person he can trust is his friend and mentor, the drunkard knight, John Falstaff (Edgerton), who he can at least rely upon to get the truth that no one else is brave enought to convey.

The King Netflix Release Date

The King arrives on Netflix (a bit past St. Crispin’s Day,) on Friday, November 1.

The film had an out-of-competition premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival (held August 28 through September 7).

In the meantime, check out the first official poster for The King, which was tweeted out by star Timothée Chalamet.

Timothee Chalamet The King Poster

The King Netflix Details

The King recently released its first official image from Netflix. The full image, seen below, shows star Timothée Chalamet in full regal splendor as King Henry V, joined by his royal entourage.

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As the film’s official log line reads:

“Inspired by elements of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V, a young, disgraced prince, Hal inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff.”

To elaborate, the movie adapts William Shakespeare’s quartet of historically-dramatized plays, known by scholars as the “Henriad” (a play on The Iliad,) or, the “Henry Tetralogy,” which consists of Richard II, in which Hal’s father, Henry Bolingbroke, usurps the throne, the duo of Henry IV Part I and Part II, chronicling Prince Hal’s rise, and Henry V, showing the now-king Henry making the frequently cited St. Crispin’s Day “band of brothers” speech before leading England’s army against the French in the famed Battle of Agincourt.

However, Netflix’s The King will attempt to modernize the Bard’s War of the Roses-era chronicles – likely omitting the “thou” and “thy” vernacular – while still focusing on the rise to power of young Hal (Chalamet), who enters the story as a slacker and screw-up of a prince, who’s quite far from his eventual battlefield-born glory as King Henry V, spending his days hanging out with the drunken scoundrel knight, Falstaff (Edgerton).

The King Netflix Cast

Here’s the officially announced cast lineup.

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) will play Hal.

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Joel Edgerton (Bright, Loving, The Great Gatsby) will play Falstaff.

Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Macbeth) will play William.

Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One, Bloodline) will play King Henry IV.

Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga, The Lost City of Z) will play The Dauphin.

Lily-Rose Depp (The Summoning, The Dancer) will play Princess Catherine.

Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) will play Hotspur.

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Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace) will play Philippa.

…We’ll keep you updated on Netflix’s The King as news arrives!

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