Since their Academy Award winning partnership in Good Will Hunting, we haven't seen Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together much on screen. I'm guessing that the last place you expected them to team up again was in 14th century France. They are just two of the big names in the cast of The Last Duel. The film is based on the true events of the Hundred Years War. Take a look at the first trailer.
As you can see from the trailer, the central figure of the story appears to be Jodie Comer's (“Killing Eve,” “Free Guy”) is Marguerite de Carrouges. The cast also includes the aforementioned Damon as Jean de Carrouges and Affleck as Count Pierre d’Alençon. You'll also see Adam Driver (“Marriage Story,” “BlacKkKlansman”) is Jacques Le Gris. Both Affleck and Damon worked on the screenplay (based on the book by Eric Jager’s book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France) with Nicole Holofcener. If that wasn't enough star power, The Last Duel is also directed and produced by Ridley Scott. Also serving as executive producers are Kevin J. Walsh (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jennifer Fox (“Nightcrawler”), Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck with Kevin Halloran (“Ford v Ferrari”), Drew Vinton (“Promised Land”) and Madison Ainley (“Justice League”).
Take a look at the official synopsis from 20th Century Studios: "The historical epic is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores the ubiquitous power of men, the frailty of justice and the strength and courage of one woman willing to stand alone in the service of truth. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands."
"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," says director/producer Ridley Scott. "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."
"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," says Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. "We chose to use the device of telling the story from several character’s 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."
This is a historical drama that definitely takes place during an event that we haven't seen on screen a whole lot in the past. Given the talent of everyone involved, this one has a real chance to be special. The Last Duel premieres on October 15th from 20th Century Studios. Keep checking back for more coverage.
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