Netflix’s The King is a reverse Hobbit: instead of adapting one book into three movies, it adapts three plays into one film. Shorn of Shakespearean dialogue, this loose retelling of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V gets by on character and plot. Timothée Chalamet brings a brooding intensity to the Henry V role, which sees him following in the footsteps of classically trained luminaries like Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Kenneth Branagh. That he can hold his own as a screen presence, even in comparison to thespians such as those, bodes well for his starring role in next year’s Dune.
The King also reunites director David Michôd with Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendolsohn, two actors who broke out internationally after appearing in Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama, Animal Kingdom. Edgerton serves as Michôd’s co-writer here, just as he did for the 2014 dystopian outback Western, The Rover, starring Guy Pearce. Michôd brings back Robert Pattinson from that movie; like Chalamet, Pattinson is no stranger to heartthrob status, and he’s set to headline a future tentpole (just a little movie called The Batman).
The King arrives in a post-Game of Thrones landscape where at-home audiences have become inured to watching court intrigue play out in medieval settings. Yet its source material predates Game of Thrones by centuries. Writer George R.R. Martin drew from the same period of history as Shakespeare’s Henriad, the cycle of plays that this movie partially adapts. Among other things, The King depicts the muddy hell of the Battle of Agincourt, the original inspiration for the Battle of the Bastards. This may not be Westeros, but war is still bloody and mud underfoot is an apt symbol for the innocence-to-experience arc that Chalamet’s conflicted prince undergoes as he dons his father’s crown and enters the moral quagmire of adulthood.
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Netflix’s upcoming movie The King has found its subjects.
Director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) begins production tomorrow on his William Shakespeare-inspired epic movie, and he’s pulled together a pretty stellar cast to join previously-announced stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior). Read on to learn about the rest of The King cast and who they’ll play in this story of war, legacy, and nobility.
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At 22, Timothée Chalamet became the Oscar’s youngest Best Actor nominee in almost 80 years for his revelatory performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romance, Call Me By Your Name. How do you follow that up? By putting on a crown. On Netflix.
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War Machine was nearly destined to become another forgotten film on the dust pile of Netflix’s original movies. On paper it doesn’t seem like that would be the case: War Machine was a $60 million Brad Pitt-starring satirical war movie based on a best-selling book and directed by a fairly established director, David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). But middling reviews and the Netflix marketing machine had caused the film to disappear into the back of the “Netflix Originals” category — for everyone except for the Pentagon.
The film has picked up an unexpected fanbase among the federal employees at the Pentagon, where it has become the hot topic of the moment among an audience who you would expect to hate the anti-Afghanistan War satire.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Angie Han
One of the interesting things about Netflix’s massive original programming slate is that unlike a lot of traditional distributors, they don’t really have a type. They’ll release gritty superhero dramas and fluffy kiddie fare, sober documentaries and goofy standup specials, Adam Sandler comedies and arthouse oddities. They’ve got a little something for everyone, which makes perfect sense since “everyone” is their target customer.
So while we’re not super into, say, Sandy Wexler, we’re more than happy to tolerate its existence if it means we also get movies like War Machine. Directed by David Michôd (of Animal Kingdom fame), the pitch-black satire stars Brad Pitt as real-life U.S. general Stanley McChrystal. You may remember his dramatic fall from grace a few years ago after a Rolling Stone exposé. Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley also star. Check out the War Machine trailer below. Read More »
Animal Kingdom was one of the breakout debut films of 2010. Director David Michôd‘s intimate crime thriller not only created future opportunities for himself, but also his cast, which included Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, and more. It’s an excellent drama, one that’s now being adapted for television.
Below, watch the Animal Kingdom TV series trailer.
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Starz has a diverse fall lineup. The show most people are talking about right now is Ash vs. Evil Dead, and most fans of the series were quite pleased with the premiere this weekend. Another series airing soon on the network is Flesh and Bone, which has a pilot directed by one of the most promising directors working today. Before the premiere airs, the cable network has made the first episode available online for free.
Find out where to watch the Flesh and Bone premiere online for free after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix’s movie distribution arm has just landed a major coup. The company has picked up the rights to War Machine, which is not another Marvel spinoff (sorry, Don Cheadle) but rather a satirical wartime comedy starring Brad Pitt. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) is directing. Read all about the Netflix War Machine movie after the jump. Read More »
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Breaking Bad producer Moira Walley-Beckett (a three-time Emmy winner thanks to her work writing and producing several seasons of that show) has a new series focused on the wildly competitive structure of a prestigious ballet company, and the first trailer is out for the upcoming show on Starz. Animal Kingdom and The Rover director David Michod directed the pilot, which adds another layer of intrigue to the series. Check out the Flesh and Bone trailer below. Read More »
The Rover is set at a point just after society has crumbled, and those who remain are all keeping a tight hold on whatever shreds of their former lives still remain. One man abandons his brother (Robert Pattinson) while stealing a car from a dangerous man played by Guy Pearce. David Michod wrote and directed this follow-up to Animal Kingdom, and follows Pearce as he, with Pattinson in tow, attempts to regain his property. Watch the first full-length The Rover trailer below. Read More »