Ridley Scott has runs on the board in the historical epic department, and he’s aiming to score more with upcoming drama The Last Duel.
The “tale of betrayal and vengeance” that’s set in 14th century France stars Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and was penned by the latter two plus Nicole Holofcener (based on the snappily titled Eric Jager book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.)
Says Scott of the collaboration: “I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as both actors and as screenwriters, along with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result. I had admired the show Killing Eve and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer with a challenging role. Her performance as Marguerite will make her one of the great actresses of her generation.”
The screenwriters added this to the conversation: “This film is an effort to retell the story of a heroic woman from history whom most people haven’t heard of. We admired her bravery and resolute determination and felt this was both a story that needed to be told and one whose drama would captivate audiences the way it moved us as writers. As we further explored the story, we found so many aspects of the formal, codified patriarchy of 14th century Western Europe to still be present in vestigial ways (and in some cases almost unchanged) in today’s society. We chose to use the device of telling the story from several characters’ perspectives in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth.”
The Last Duel is set to commence in Australian cinemas on October 14. Here’s a first look at it: