When most people think of real Scottish warriors, William Wallace is the first that comes to mind (other than Outlander’s Jamie Fraser). But the country’s real hero is not the man Mel Gibson brought to life in Braveheart. Instead, it’s King Robert the Bruce, the subject of Netflix’s upcoming film starring Chris Pine. With the premiere only a few months away, Netflix just released a first look at Pine in Outlaw King — and we have to say we’re impressed.
Outlaw King explores the violent time period in the early 14th century, when England’s King Edward I ruled Scotland and its inhabitants. The film follows Robert (Pine) and his bid to set Scotland free. The project reunited Pine in the lead role with director David Mackenzie, who worked with the actor in Hell or High Water.
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In discussing the movie, co-producer Gillian Barrie explained how Robert gave up everything he owned to fight for Scotland’s freedom. This includes giving up most of his wealth to fight a well-armed and funded English army. While Wallace deserves a high spot in Scottish history, Robert did far more in the fight against Edward I. But how did Pine perform as Scotland’s national treasure?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Barrie said Pine was amazing as Robert the Bruce and performed excellent under the pressure. Not only did the actor master horsemanship, but he was also a great leader to the rest of the cast and crew. And that isn’t all Pine did well in the role of the 14th century Scottish warrior.
“The amount of stunts and action he had to perform on daily basis … riding in a wild terrain, thrown into waterfalls…my hat’s off to him, really,” Barrie added.
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Apart from Pine, the film features Steven Cree, Duncan Lacroix, Florence Pugh, and Alastair Mackenzie. The project is part of a larger lineup for the streaming giant, which includes four other movies. Netflix plans on debuting the film at the next Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place this coming September.
Other movies in the lineup include 22 July, Roma, Hold the Dark, The Land of Steady Habits, and The Kindergarten Teacher, all of which give Netflix a strong running at the prestigious event. With the exception of Hold the Dark, all of these movies will be included in the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week prior to TIFF.
Outlaw King officially premieres on Netflix on Nov. 9.