Let’s face it… Timothée is pretty much the king right now.
Seriously, what a cast!
Back when the project was first announced, we were already pretty excited solely based on the director attached. The King is helmed by Australian filmmaker David Michôd, who is perhaps best known for the incredible 2010 crime-drama Animal Kingdom.
However, since then he’s impressed with the likes of 2014’s The Rover starring Robert Pattinson (Good Time) and Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential). In 2017 he released the satirical War Machine with Brad Pitt, which proved to be a pleasant surprise. Straying away from comedic material, his latest arrived on Netflix on Friday, November 1st 2019 and boasts his best cast yet.
In the lead, we have the always compelling Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Ben Mendelsohn (Captain Marvel) and Robert Pattinson also starring.
The King on Netflix
So, what’s it all about?
The King is actually based on a number of plays from the great William Shakespeare’s Henriad; a name used to collectively refer to the master’s historical plays.
It centres upon Hal (Timothée), prince and heir to the English throne. In the wake of his father’s death, he becomes King Henry V. The sudden weight of responsibility proves to be an unfathomable and straining burden, as he must step up and address the political landscape and the aftermath of the war.
While this becomes more problematic, he battles an interior war threating to consume him. It’s utterly captivating to watch the actor deliver this character study, and when it was released at the Venice Film Festival in September, the film received generally positive reviews.
Where was it filmed?
As highlighted on IMDb, the production took place at an assortment of great locations.
Primarily, the project was filmed in Hungary across the likes of Szilvásvárad, Komarom and Páty.
However, the production also extended over to the UK – Lincolnshire, to be specific. To be even more specific, some interior scenes and so forth were shot at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln.
It’s also said that a number of scenes were filmed over at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire. So, for those familiar with these two stunning locations, be sure to maintain a keen eye while watching the film.
Gorgeous establishing shot of the Palace of Westminster c. 1413 in Netflix’s The King pic.twitter.com/app8Hvi6Gx— Order of the Coif (@JusticeTyrwhit) November 1, 2019
Celebrating Timothée Chalamet
The film boasts one of the 23-year-old American actor’s best performances to date.
Over the years, we’ve delighted in watching him grow, excelling in the likes of Call Me by Your Name, Greta Gerwig’s directorial feature debut Lady Bird, epic western Hostiles starring Christian Bale and the heartbreaking tale of drug addiction Beautiful Boy.
He’s comfortably shaping up to be one of the most impressive performers of his generation, and with The King, his reputation as a bonafide star and leading man continues to grow.
Looking ahead, we can expect to see him Greta’s sophomore effort Little Women, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and last but certainly not least, the highly anticipated sequel to the aforementioned Call Me by Your Name.
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