Why Netflix’s The King is reigning supreme on social media

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Susan Devaney

As production for Netflix’s The King starts in the UK today, more details have been revealed… 

Netflix’s original productions – such as The Crown and Stranger Things – have been nothing short of fascinating viewing.

Which is why the news of the next ‘must-see’ in the works has got us all excited. So mark your calendars and start reading SparkNotes because the highly anticipated film, The King, is a Shakespearean-inspired picture set to get everyone talking all things regal once more.

A few months ago, Netflix confirmed that the Call Me By Your Name actor, Timothée Chalamet had signed on, and now fellow actors Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp have been added to the cast line-up, too. 

Produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B the film – written by Joel Edgerton and director David Michôd – will be based on both well-known plays, Henry The IV [Parts 1 and 2] and Henry V. Set in 1415, the film follows the disgraced young prince, Hal (Timothée Chalamet) as he inherits the crown during a trying time in British history. As he rises to power he’s guided by his only friend, Falstaff. Pattinson will play French prince The Dauphin; Ben Mendelsohn will play King Henry IV; Depp will play French Princess Catherine, who goes on to marry Henry V.

In 2016, Edgerton spoke of the film (then simply titled King) as a “Game of Thrones meets Shakespeare project that cost a pretty penny to make.” Which is why we’re imagining classic Shakespearean-style twists, epic battles and heart-breaking love stories.

And, of course, people have taken to Twitter to applaud the casting and share their excitement. 

The film will debut on Netflix in 2019.

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