Outlaw King: everything you need to know about Netflix’s Robert The Bruce blockbuster

Outlaw King: everything you need to know about Netflix’s Robert The Bruce blockbuster
Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce in 'Outlaw King' (Photo: Netflix)

Netflix have unveiled their latest big budget movie – and it’s a historical blockbuster charting the defiant rise of Scottish hero Robert The Bruce.

Outlaw King has already been creating early buzz, and it will open the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Here’s everything you need to know about the film.

Who’s in it?

Perhaps with an eye on attracting a strong US audience, American Hollywood actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) stars as Robert The Bruce, rather than a Scottish performer taking the role. Braveheart, of course, saw Mel Gibson star as William Wallace.

The supporting cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach).

Dillane steps into the grieves of Edward I, Pugh is playing Elizabeth de Burgh and Taylor-Johnson is James Douglas.

Scottish character actor Tony Curran is also involved, portraying Angus MacDonald. He recently played a crucial part in another Scottish-made Netflix movie, Calibre.

What’s the story?

Outlaw King follows Robert The Bruce on his journey from defeated nobleman to national hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England.

The film will depict Robert seizing the Scottish crown, and rallying supporters to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.

Outlaw King shoot at Glasgow cathedral. Chris Pine (centre) plays Robert the Bruce. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

It will focus on a turbulent year in which Robert grasped glory, tasted defeat and became a rebel with a cause – using an early form of guerilla warfare against the might of a vastly bigger, better-resourced enemy.

The screenplay was written by a team including director David Mackenzie (who also directed Pine in acclaimed neo-western Hell Or High Water), as well as renowned Scottish playwright David Harrower.

Mackenzie said: “I am so happy to…dig deep into the story of Robert the Bruce and to discover some of the truths that often get obscured by legend.

“[It] is one of the great comeback stories of history.”

Where was it shot?

Supported by Creative Scotland, filming took place in historical locations including the last known resting place of Robert The Bruce’s remains.

An extensive shoot across Scotland took in Craigmillar, Blackness and Doune castles, Aviemore, Linlithgow Palace and Glencoe, and is believed to have been worth at least £17.5 million for the economy.

The sixth feature film of Mackenzie’s to be made in Scotland, the director has said he was “excited to bring this film to light in the beautiful Scottish elements – come rain, shine, storm or snow.

“I am proud that our little Glasgow based production company, Sigma films, has been able to make this film.”

Will it be Braveheart part II?

Obviously trying in with the medieval backdrop and conflict of that other famous Scottish historical blockbuster, the movie has so far teased bloody battle sequences, and reports have suggested its production budget was £100 million.

So it might be a contender for the throne.

When is it out?

Outlaw King will be released on Netflix on November 9, 2018.

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