All hail as Netflix has released the trailer for their film adaptation of several plays from Shakespeare’s Henriad, ‘The King’. The King will first premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 2, while the United States theatrical release will be on October 11.
The film will then be available to Netflix subscribers worldwide on November 1, this fall.
The film will witness Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet playing the lead role as famous and controversial monarch Henry V – on whom the epic is based on.
The star-studded cast also includes Joel Edgerton as the iconic Shakespeare character Falstaff, Ben Mendelsohn as Henry’s father – Henry IV, Robert Pattinson as Louis – one of the sons of King Charles VI of France, and Lily-Rose Depp as Henry’s wife, Catherine.
The film takes place as Henry IV passes away, and Henry V is forced to take up the throne at a very ripe age and during a time of political strains.
The film is directed by acclaimed Australian director David Michôd and the official synopsis of The King reads:
Hal, a wayward prince, ascends the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, and inherited war and chaos.Netfix
In a move by Netflix to create high-quality content in order to rival the big screen, there has been a slate of theatrical releases apart from The King that has been announced.
The feature films due for release by Netflix include Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat with Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman, Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the lead actors.
Watch the trailer in full below, and stay tuned for the global premiere on Netflix: