After his standout performances in Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name, Timothée Chalamet became one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. The 23-year-old actor has already achieved heartthrob status, and yet, he has the acting chops to cross over into the kind of indie flicks that makes cinephiles lose their mind. So, it’s only too appropriate for Chalamet to share the screen with another teen heartthrob who crossed over into respectable actor territory, Robert Pattinson. And the two of them areteaming up in Netflix’s new historical biopic, The King.
The King trailer:
One glance at Chalamet’s IMDb page should send his fans over the moon. He’s re-teaming with his Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and starring in her upcoming Little Women adaptation. Gerwig has long been a darling on the indie scene, and her debut feature was one of the best coming-of-age movies of the last decade. So, expect big things from Little Women, which drops later this year.
And if intimate little dramas aren’t your thing, Chalamet will take centre stage in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, Dune. Dune is one of those beloved sci-fi series that people call unadaptable. And David Lynch’s messy 1984 adaptation only strengthens that case. But special effects technology has greatly advanced since then, and Villeneuve is one of the finest genre filmmakers to step behind a camera. And with Chalamet locked in to star as Dune’s main protaganist, Paul Atreides, there’s plenty of reason to stay optimistic.
The King is already screening in select theatres, and the rest of the world can catch it when it arrives on Netflix next week. If you’re anxious to read out take, That Shelf sent film critic Pat Mullen to review the film, and you can check out his review here.
The King synopsis:
Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, THE KING co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.
The King opened in Toronto at TIFF Lightbox on October 16th and launches on Netflix November 1st.