Netflix has announced filming will kick off on June 1, 2018 on the dramatic film, The King. Shooting will take place in the UK with David Michôd (War Machine, Animal Kingdom, The Rover) directing from a script he co-wrote with Joel Edgerton.
The film is inspired by William Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Henry V. The cast includes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird), Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton (Bright, Loving, The Great Gatsby), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Macbeth), Golden Globe nominee Ben Mendelsohn (The Land of Steady Habits, Ready Player One, Bloodline), Robert Pattinson (Good Time, The Lost City of Z), Lily-Rose Depp (The Summoning, The Dancer), Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk), and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace).
Writer/director David Michôd, actor/writer Joel Edgerton, and actor Robert Pattinson previously worked together on 2014’s critically acclaimed action film, The Rover. Edgerton also starred in Michôd’s 2010 Oscar nominated independent film, Animal Kingdom. That film spawned the current television series of the same name starring Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy, and Ben Robson.
The King is being produced by Joel Edgerton, David Michôd, Plan B, and Porchlight Films’ Liz Watts. Watts also produced Michôd’s Animal Kingdom and The Rover.
Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.
The Plot: 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.
Joel Edgerton will be playing Falstaff; Timothée Chalamet will be playing Hal; Robert Pattinson will be playing The Dauphin; Ben Mendelsohn will be playing King Henry IV; Lily-Rose Depp will be playing Princess Catherine; Sean Harris will be playing William; Tom Glynn-Carney will be playing Hotspur; and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie will be playing Philippa.