- 21 Jul 21
Sir Ridley Scott explores the medieval realm for 'The Last Duel' - which saw Matt Damon film in Ireland during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The trailer has dropped for Ridley Scott's French epic, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck.
The historical drama follows the story of Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends who ultimately become bitter rivals after Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is allegedly attacked by Le Gris. When she accuses Le Gris of rape in public, Carrouges steps forward to defend his wife's honour against his friend via trial by combat, a fight that will only be resolved in death.
"This film is an effort to retell the story of a heroic woman from history whom most people haven’t heard of. We admired her bravery and resolute determination and felt this was both a story that needed to be told and one whose drama would captivate audiences the way it moved us as writers," said Holofcener, Affleck, and Damon in a provided statement.
"As we further explored the story, we found so many aspects of the formal, codified patriarchy of 14th century Western Europe to still be present in vestigial ways (and in some cases almost unchanged) in today’s society. We chose to use the device of telling the story from several character’s perspectives in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth."
Damon stars as Jean de Carrouges, with Driver playing the role of Jacques Le Gris and Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges. The Last Duel also sees Ben Affleck reunite with Damon on screen, playing the role of Count Pierre d’Alençon.
The screenplay for the film hails from Nicole Holofcener, Affleck and Damon, and is based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager. The film is produced by Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Jennifer Fox, Holofcener, Damon, and Affleck with Kevin Halloran, Drew Vinton, and Madison Ainley serving as executive producers.
After heading to TV for his wild sci-fi show Raised By Wolves, Scott has two films supposedly hitting cinemas before the year is through, scheduled to arrive within weeks of each other.
One is House Of Gucci, his crime-thriller about the notorious fashion family starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, and the other is The Last Duel, his historical drama with a stacked cast and some major talent in the writing department. The movie was filmed in Ireland, with Damon later trapped in Dalkey as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Last Duel is currently slated for an October 15th US theatrical release.
Check out the trailer below: