A first look image has been released of Chris Pine in David Mackenzie’s upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King – a story in the year of the life of the King of Scots, Robert the Bruce.
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As principal photography has begun on the film in the UK, Pine teams up again with his Hell or High Water director Mackenzie, to take the leading role of Robert the Bruce. Joining Pine on the cast of exceptional talent are the likes of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Tony Curran (“Sons of Anarchy”), Stephen Dillane (“Game of Thrones”) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach).
The screenplay is written by Mackenzie (Young Adam), Bash Doran (Boardwalk Empire), James MacInnes, Mark Bomback and renowned Scottish playwright David Harrower and takes place over the extraordinary historic year when Robert the Bruce fights to regain control having been crowned King of Scots, only to be defeated in a surprise attack and made an outlaw by the English King and his occupying forces.
Mackenzie stated on the start of production “I am so happy to have the opportunity to dig deep into the story of Robert the Bruce and to discover some of the truths that often get obscured by legend. This is my sixth feature film shot in Scotland and autumn is my favourite time of year to shoot so I am excited to bring this film to light in the beautiful Scottish elements – come rain, shine, storm or snow. I am proud that our little Glasgow based production company, Sigma films, has been able to make this film and thank Netflix for letting us do it.”
He continued: “I am also delighted that Chris Pine, with whom I had a great time on our last film, has joined our Scottish and international cast and crew including the excellent Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the exciting emerging talent of Florence Pugh and Billy Howle. I know Chris will bring intensity and flair to Robert the Bruce and his struggle to take back his country, being crowned King of Scots, then suffering a disastrous defeat and left on the run with just a handful of supporters only to claw his way, with bravery and cunning, back to victory. This was an early form of guerilla warfare against the might of a vastly bigger better-resourced enemy and is one of the great comeback stories of history.”
Shooting will take place in historical locations in Scotland including the last known resting place of the legendary Scottish king’s remains.
Outlaw King is due for release in 2018.