Netflix is making big moves to produce hard-hitting movies, with a slate of upcoming films that could regularly be hits at the box office. Some of them include War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Bright starring Will Smith and The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro. Fitting right alongside those, comes a new epic, Outlaw King, based on the same story as Braveheart.
The film boasts the same team behind Hell or High Water, which made a splash during awards season and received critical praise, with Oscar noms for Best Supporting Actor, Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Film Editing. Since directing Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie has been a hot director with plenty of attention, even lined up to helm The Brotherhood, starring Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie. It seems that Outlaw King will take precedence, though, given its weight as a big-budget epic for the Netflix juggernaut. The story will follow that of Robert the Bruce (to be played by Chris Pine), the Scottish king who valiantly led the Scots toward liberation from England. Ben Foster is set to play across Pine as James Douglas, the king’s adviser. We’re likely to see bloody warfare – a lot of it – and hopefully some top-notch performances in an intense tale of fighting for one’s country. Robert the Bruce was noticeably in a lesser role in Braveheart, so this seems to be an invigorating refresher on the king’s true heroics of forgetting his comfortable lifestyle in order to bring his people freedom.
Shooting will begin rather soon in August, and there will be high hopes surrounding the project as production moves forward, given the success of Hell or High Water, along with the fact that Braveheart is a beloved Best-Picture winner, and a favorite of many film lovers.
We can’t wait to see what David Mackenzie and his team come up with, it’ll be an exciting release.
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Author: Austin Adams @IamAustinAdams
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