THE LAST DUEL is a British–American medieval saga that explores the themes of betrayal, honour and justice. The film is helmed by veteran director Ridley Scott. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener wrote the screenplay of this period drama.
The name Ridley Scott always inspires immense anticipation. Given Scott’s filmography, that is only fair on the part of the audience. Scott has already experimented on this genre, many decades back when he made Gladiator.
Gladiator became one such movie that will be remembered forever. It made Russell Crowe a star overnight while the movie earned many Oscars.
So it is only natural to have expectations from Scott. Read on to know more about the latest venture, cast and release dates.
Plot of The Last Duel
The movie is set in 14th century France. A woman named Marguerite claims that her husband’s best friend has sexually assaulted her. The friends turn into enemies and engage in a duel to conclude the conflict.
From this point, the action rises. As the story progresses, complications arise. It is not anymore about the heinous crime. But rather becomes a tale of power that allows the power to establish the truth.
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A woman’s protest in The Last Duel
The most important theme of the movie is a woman’s fight for justice. A 14-century French woman speaking up against rape is something that people of her time could not even imagine. Nobody believes her either. The approach of handling this heinous crime has not changed much to date. In a time when the #Metoo movement is taking place, this movie becomes truly relevant.
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The trailer of The Last Duel
The trailer of The Last Duel is already out and it gives us strong hints regarding the movie. The cinematography of the movie seems terrific. Costumes are well chosen. Both these things play an important role in making a historical drama.
The trailer is composed of some intense scenes and powerful acting which will leave you wanting for more once you watch it.
The Good Will Hunting duo
Along with Nikole Holofcener, the script of this movie was co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Affleck and Damon last collaborated on scriptwriting in their 1997 movie The Good Will Hunting. This movie earned them Academy Awards for screenwriting.
Damon and Affleck are old friends. They have known each other since they were working as extras. Their friendship is reflected in their actions and shared screen. Considering this duo is back after a long time, we expect spontaneous and powerful performances. In addition, they have co-written the script too.
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Ben Affleck as Count Pierre d Alençon
Initially, Ben Affleck was supposed to star as the main antagonist of the movie. Since Affleck was already committed to playing the lead of Deep Water, he settled for the supporting role of the count. Affleck has said that he enjoyed working with Damon after such a long gap. The storyline appealed to him to a great extent and that’s why he wanted to be a part of it in any way he could.
Matt Damon as Jean de Carrouges
The Martian actor Matt Damon will be seen in this movie as the male lead. He will fight for truth and justice and something more important in that time — honour.
The deadly duel must take place between the two friends to end the conflict for once and all.
Famously known for the character of the notorious Villainelle of Killing Eve, Jodie Comer plays the female lead of the movie. She plays Marguerite, who is the wife of Jean De Carrouges (played by Matt Damon.)
Given her massive performance in Killing Eve, her fans have huge expectations from her. What can be surmised from the trailer is that she has been great in her role. Her expression of fear, doubt and strength seem to work in harmony.
Adam Driver plays the role of Jacques le Gris. He is the one against whom allegations are brought by his best friend’s wife. He denies the allegation and faces his lifelong friend in a duel.
Release date of The Last Duel
The movie is set to release on 15th October 2021.
Availability of The Last Duel
The movie is set to release in cinema halls. There is no news of online streaming yet.
The matter of the movie is too familiar for our comfort. A woman calling out on rape is always seen with a frown of disbelief. It is a standard response to shame the woman and make her the pivot of a witch hunt. Considering the story is set in 14, century France, it was even more dangerous and complicated than it is now.
We see a woman’s protest and how it plays out in the world of men. Her justice will be decided by men who duel it out.
Since the name of Ridley Scott is associated, expectations are really high. While we wait for this historical drama to hit the theatre, you let us know your thoughts in the comment section.