Who isn’t excited for The Last Duel?
We’ve all seen Matt Damon play historical figures, but The Last Duel is an actual period drama set in 14th century France. It will also see BFFs Matt Damon and Ben Affleck get together on-screen, once again.
What’s more, the two have penned the script for the film! While the duo has appeared in several films together, the last time they wrote a screenplay together was for 1997’s Good Will Hunting. And the film won them an Oscar.
As you can tell, The Last Duel is a huge deal. Wait till you get to know about its plot and more details.
What is Matt Damon’s The Last Duel about?
The Last Duel is based on Eric Jager’s 2005 book of the same name, which tells the story of actual combat fought in France in the late 1300s.
“The gripping, atmospheric true story of the ‘duel to end all duels’ in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight’s beautiful young wife,” reads the books official synopsis.
It’s the revenge story of two best friends – Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver).
Trouble ensues when the former accuses the latter of r***** his wife Margerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) when he was away on war.
Count Pierre d’Anencon (Ben Affleck) hands down a decision to have the two friends compete in a trial by combat. The terms? The survivor will be declared the winner. And if Jean loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for making a false accusation.
What an interesting premise!
Besides the above-mentioned actors, the drama also features Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton.
Ridley Scott has directed the film. Affleck and Damon wrote the screenplay with the Oscar-nominated writer and director Nicole Holofcener.
And finally, when is the movie releasing?
The movie is being distributed by Disney’s 20th Century Studios and was supposed to release in late 2020.
Production on The Last Duel began in February last year. As Scott told Variety in an interview, the crew had finished shooting in France and were all set to head to Ireland when the pandemic struck.
“We, of course, sensibly put the film on hold,” he said. “I finished in France after shooting for a month and decided it was sensible to close down for the time being… We decided to hold it out because it’s silly to continue and wait for the inevitable to happen.”
They finally resumed shooting that September. After multiple delays, the film is finally set to hit theaters on October 15, 2021.