‘Killing Eve’ actress, Jodie Comer has entered into negotiations to star in Ridley Scott’s revenge drama ‘The Last Duel’.
If the deal goes through, Comer will join Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the cast of the period drama.
Based on the novel by Eric Jager, the story centres around two best friends – the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. de Carrouges goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife Margerite de Carrouges (Comer). No one believes the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre d’Anencon, which favoured Le Gris.
The decision handed down is that the two men fight a duel to the death, the one left alive would be declared the winner as a sign of God’s will. And if Jean de Carrouges loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for her false accusation.
The script is currently nearing its completion with Affleck, Damon and Nicole Holofcener working on it marking Affleck and Damon’s first collab on a script since ‘Good Will Hunting’. This also marks Scott’s next project in the director’s chair.
Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing for Scott Free and Damon and Affleck are producing through their Pearl Street banner.
Comer’s career has seen a fast acceleration since starring in ‘Killing Eve’ with co-star Sandra Oh. Her next big project sees her star alongside Ryan Reynolds in ‘Free Guy’. If ‘The Last Duel’ is greenlit by the studio Comer will film the third season of ‘Killing Eve’ before starting on Scott’s project.