It’s not an easy task to take a well-known and frequently mythologized chapter of history and offer a new spin on it, particularly when that history has been mythologized by none other than Shakespeare himself. But writer-director David Michôd and co-writer Joel Edgerton have stepped up to the task with ‘The King,’ a retelling of King Henry V’s ascent to the English throne, with the help of a brilliant cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp, and Edgerton himself. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release in October (it will be available to stream on Netflix on November 1), Michôd, Edgerton, Chalamet, and Depp sat down with RT editor Jacqueline Coley to talk about their new film, explaining how fight sequences tend to bring out an actor’s inner child and what it takes to reinterpret history — and Shakespeare. Plus, they give us a few Rotten movies they love, and Edgerton describes what it’s like to get bad reviews as a filmmaker.
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