We all get excited at the coming together of the topmost influential actors in Hollywood for a movie. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are the screenplay writers of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film ‘The Last Duel.’ The film is based on the 2004 book ‘The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France’ by American author Eric Jager. The book depicted the last official trial by combat duel in France in 1386 under King Charles IV. As reported from the production crew, The Last Duel will be releasing in fall 2021.
THE LAST DUEL FOUGHT IN 1386
The duel was between two best friends Jean De Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris. In December 1386, Jean De Carrouges accused his best friend and partner, Jacques, of raping his wife, Marguerite De Carrouges. Jacques denied the accusations of any involvement with Marguerite, the case was brought up to King Charles IV. After many debates and witnesses, King Charles ordered both tough warriors to fight against each other to death.
The command was simple that one should kill the other to prove themselves right. If Jean were to be found dead, his wife Marguerite would be burned alive for making a false accusation about being raped. With God’s will, the right shall punish the wrong themselves with their bare hands.
The movie will highlight the whole story behind the judicial duel, from the beginning of their relationship to the end of one’s life. This judicial duel is highly regarded as an important and notable aspect of French history. Over the years, many French writers have mentioned Jacques and Jean’s cold-blooded warfare in their writings.
AN INTENSE AND SUSPENSEFUL PLOT
‘Gladiator’ (2000) became popular because of its intense and suspenseful ending to the storyline. The European countries have had a dark history of bloodshed and killings due to the greed of power that scared the locals and historians over the years. The last Duel will bring that horror of the people living in French colonies before the French Revolution.
The most bankable star Matt Damon himself, plays the lead role of Jean De Carrouges. Ben Affleck plays King Charles IV, Adam Driver as Jacques Le Gris and Jodie Comer will be playing Marguerite De Carrouges. The fans are already excited about the cast that has been brought together by the production team. With such an intense story and notable stars, this movie will surely attract vast audiences worldwide.
RELEASE DATE DELAYED
We all know how Gladiator was released after years of its announcement. This movie was announced in early July 2015 with Francis Lawrence to direct. Time moved on; no further work was done for the movie. In July 2019, it was finally revealed that Ridley Scott would be stepping in as director with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to play the lead roles. Later, as the cast was expanded, Adam was selected for the lead role giving Ben the role of King.
Due to the Disney-Fox merger, the filming was delayed but eventually got dealt with by Disney, which later announced its theatrical release for December 2020. However, due to the shutdown in March 2020, the film’s release was shifted to October 15th, 2021.