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Timothée Chalamet is Henry V in Netflix's The King

By Koh Wanzi - on 28 Aug 2019, 12:14pm

Timothée Chalamet is Henry V in Netflix's The King

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Netflix has released the trailer for The King, a new historical drama starring Call Me By Your Name's Timothée Chalamet as Henry V. The film is loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V plays and features several other familiar names as well, including Rogue One's Ben Mendelsohn, Sean Harris, and Robert Pattinson in flowing blonde locks.

Set in the later years of the Hundred Years' War – a conflict between England and the French House of Valois – the trailer promises plenty of plotting, scheming, and intrigue. As Joel Edgerton, who plays John Falstaff, Henry's supposed best friend, dramatically proclaims, " A king has no friends. A king only has followers and foe." 

The film will depict the Siege of Harfleur and the Battle of Agincourt, the latter one of the most well-known battles in English history. In 1415, Henry led a depleted English army to victory against a numerically superior and better equipped French force, marking the start of a new period in the war where England enjoy multiple military successes. 

The battle features in Shakespeare's Henry V as well, and was the inspiration for the playwright's famous St. Crispin's Day speech. 

The King will start streaming later this year on Netflix. And if the trailer is anything to go by, Chalamet looks like he could be up for another Academy Award nomination. The actor is also set to play Paul Atreides in 2020's Dune, based on Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel of the same name.