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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Timothée Chalamet is Henry V in The King, a new, gritty Netflix take on a story that’s previously been told by both William Shakespeare and Orson Welles. In The King, Chalamet’s Prince Hal has spent his life ignoring his royal lineage, but that all changes when his father dies, forcing Hal to take the throne. Now he has to deal with his kingly duties, and also a bewigged Robert Pattinson using a French accent. Watch the final The King trailer below.

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Robert Pattinson is the new Batman, but if you’re hoping for an overly heroic Caped Crusader, don’t hold your breath. In a new interview, Pattinson opens up about taking on the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight and talks about how morally gray and complicated his Batman will be. Read more about Robert Pattinson on playing Batman below.

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Matt Reeves‘ The Batman has found its Catwoman. Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) will join Robert Pattinson in the new take on the Dark Knight. Not much is known about Reeves’ new Batman movie, except for the fact that it’s going to be yet another fresh start for the character, completely removed from Ben Affleck’s recent DCEU Caped Crusader.

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Joaquin Phoenix‘s Joker is being lauded as as all-time great portrayal of the infamous Batman rogue. But what’s the Joker without Batman? And what kind of opportunity would we miss out on to not see Phoenix and Robert Pattinson, two of today’s most searingly bold working actors, face off? But that meeting is just not in the cards, according to Joker director Todd Phillips.

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Heavy is the head that wears the cape and cowl — literally. Luckily, Robert Pattinson is the latest in a long line of actors who have taken on the role of Batman, and he has several people to turn to for advice to play the Caped Crusader. While Ben Affleck was the last actor to put on the cape, it’s Christian Bale that many audiences still remember, due to the critical and commercial success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Now, Bale has some advice to give to Pattinson when he puts on the Batsuit, and it’s similar to what he told Affleck. Read More »

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There’s nothing so powerful as not being able to turn your head. Robert Pattinson learned that when he first tried on Batman’s iconic Batsuit for Warner Bros. executives ahead of his starring turn in Matt Reeves‘ highly anticipated superhero movie The Batman. But despite experiencing “someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs,” Pattinson couldn’t deny the “transformative” power of the Batsuit.

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Facial hair! Accents! A 1.19:1 aspect ratio! A heavy dose of “What the hell am I seeing?” It’s all here in the first trailer for The Lighthouse, the latest tale of terror from Robert Eggers, director of The Witch. In this black-and-white nightmare, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play old-timey lighthouse keepers on a remote island. Things go downhill pretty quickly. Watch the incredible, creepy and incredibly creepy The Lighthouse trailer below.

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Robert Pattinson is a busy fellow. He’s shooting Christopher Nolan’s new thriller Tenet, and then he’s suiting up as the new Batman. As a result of this hectic work schedule, the actor has decided to drop out of yet another project he was attached to, albeit something on a much smaller scale: Joanna Hogg‘s The Souvenir sequel. The Souvenir sequel is expected to start shooting next month, and unfortunately, there was no way for Pattinson to remain in the film.

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Now that Robert Pattinson is officially the new Dark Knight, some details about the film – including how Pattinson landed the gig – are starting to step out of the shadows. According to insiders, only two possible actors were ever considered for the role – Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult. Learn how director Matt Reeves decided on Pattinson, and what The Batman plot involves, below.

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