20th Century Studios unveils The Last Duel opening scene as they see Matt Damon and Adam Driver prepare for the titular battle.
20th Century Studios unveils the opening scene of The last duel see Matt Damon and Adam Driver prepare for the titular battle. Based on the book of the same name by Eric Jager, the film revolves around a knight who challenges his friend and squire to a duel to the death after his wife accuses his fellow knight of raping her. Alongside Damon and Driver, the cast of The last duel includes Emmy winner Jodie Comer, Oscar-winning actress Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton, Alex Lawther and Marton Csokas.
Development on an adaptation of The last duel started in 2015 with The hunger Games‘Francis Lawrence started directing and Shaun Grant wrote the screenplay. Although it would eventually die and a new incarnation would start again in mid-2019 when Ridley Scott signed on to direct and Affleck and Damon signed on to star and co-write the screenplay with Nicole Holofcener. After brief uncertainty about the film’s production due to the Disney-Fox merger, casting would continue with Comer and Driver and filming would begin from February to March and suffer an indefinite delay due to the ongoing pandemic, eventually to resume in September and end in October.
With just over a week before the film’s release, 20th century workshops unveiled the opening scene of The last duel. The clip sees Driver and Damon dressing in armor to fight while Marguerite de Comer dresses to watch the titular fight. Check out the clip below:
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Considering Scott’s famous past works in the historical drama genre with Gladiator and the cult favorite Kingdom of paradise, the attention to detail in the opening scene of The last duel is not surprising. The production design is once again top notch from the grand arena to the crowd of extras and costume work, the former being an impressive feat given that much of the film was shot during the pandemic. The opening scene also offers a glimpse into the structure of the film’s story, starting at the time of the conflict before moving back to some time in the past to establish the meaning of the duel.
As exciting as the film’s opening scene is sure to be for fans of the director, early reviews of The last duel are sure to boost the anticipation even further. While not only to critical acclaim, critics are already celebrating the film’s timely and intelligent history as well as the performances of its cast, namely Comer. Only time will tell if Scott’s return to the historical genre will prove worthwhile when it hits theaters on October 15.
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- The Last Duel (2021)Release date: October 15, 2021
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