The film promises to tell the untold story of the historical figure, who went from defeated to noblemen, to a reluctant King and to an outlaw hero.
It brings to mind some of those epics we don’t get too often these days; the likes of Braveheart and Gladiator. It looks quite good, and there’s some nice talent here that certainly bodes well. Apart from Pine – who’s proven himself quite solid away from the heroic action hero persona he’s no doubt adept at – there’s direction by David McKenzie, who delivered standout films Starred Up and the Pine-starring Hell or High Water; Oscar nominated cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips); and Oscar nominated editor Jake Roberts (Brooklyn, Hell or High Water).
Outlaw King, also starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran and Stephen Dillane, will have its premiere at TIFF in September and will be arriving on Netflix on November 9. The film will also be getting a limited theatrical release in US cinemas on the same day, which would make it eligible for Oscar attention.
Synopsis for Outlaw King:
The untold, true story of Robert The Bruce who transformed from defeated nobleman, to reluctant King, to outlaw hero over the course of an extraordinary year. Forced into battle in order to save his family, his people and his country from the oppressive English occupation of medieval Scotland, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies a ragtag group of men to face off against the wrath of the world’s strongest army lead by the ferocious King Edward 1 and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.