The Duke (2020 film)

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The Duke is an upcoming comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell, from a screenplay by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. It stars Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead and Matthew Goode.

The Duke
Directed byRoger Michell
Produced byNicky Bentham
Written by
Edited byKristina Hetherington
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • 6 November 2020 (2020-11-06) (United Kingdom)
CountryUnited Kingdom

It is scheduled to be released on 6 November 2020, by 20th Century Studios.


In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.



It was announced in October 2019 that a film about the 1961 theft of the Portrait of the Duke of Wellington was in development, with Jim Broadbent starring as the thief Kempton Bunton, and Helen Mirren playing his wife. Roger Michell was set to direct.[1] Fionn Whitehead was added the next month.[2]

Filming began in January 2020, with Matthew Goode joining the cast.[3]


It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 6 November 2020, by 20th Century Studios.[4]


  1. ^ Grater, Tom (29 October 2019). "Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren Art Heist Story 'The Duke' Greenlit At Pathé – AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ Grater, Tom (4 November 2019). "Fionn Whitehead Joins Jim Broadbent & Helen Mirren In Roger Michell's 'The Duke' For Pathé – AFM". Deadline. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  3. ^ Grater, Tom (10 January 2020). "'The Duke': First Look At Jim Broadbent & Helen Mirren In Art Heist Story". Deadline. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ "The Duke". Launching Films. Retrieved 24 February 2020.

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