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The King is an upcoming film adaptation of several plays from Shakespeare's Henriad, directed by David Michôd, from a screenplay by Joel Edgerton and Michôd. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Sean Harris, and Thomasin McKenzie.

The King
Directed byDavid Michôd
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Joel Edgerton
  • David Michôd
Based onHenry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
Henry V
by William Shakespeare
CinematographyAdam Arkapaw
Edited byPeter Sciberras
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 2019 (2019) (United States)
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The film is expected to be released in 2019.



Hal, a wayward prince, ascends the English Throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit and inherited war and chaos.



In 2013, it was revealed that Joel Edgerton and David Michôd had collaborated on writing an adaptation of Shakespeare's plays: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, for Warner Bros. Pictures.[1][2][3] In September 2015, it was announced that Michôd would direct the project with Warner Bros. producing and distributing the film and Lava Bear producing.[4]

In February 2018, Timothée Chalamet joined the cast of the film, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner producing, alongside Liz Watts, under their Plan B Entertainment banner. Netflix will distribute the film instead of Warner Bros.[5] In March 2018, Edgerton joined the cast of the film.[6] In May 2018, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp, Tom Glynn-Carney and Thomasin McKenzie joined the cast of the film, with Dean-Charles Chapman joining in June.[7][8]


Principal photography began on 1 June 2018.[7] Filming took place throughout England, and Szilvásvárad, Hungary.[9][10] Principal photography wrapped on 24 August 2018.[11]


The King is expected to be released worldwide in 2019 on the streaming service Netflix.[12]


  1. ^ Davies, Luke (June 2013). "Joel Edgerton after Gatsby". The Monthly. Retrieved 18 May 2018. With David Michôd he has written King, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V, for Warner Bros.
  2. ^ Wood, Stephanie (26 July 2014). "Australian actor Joel Edgerton hits the Hollywood big time". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (3 September 2016). "Joel Edgerton Talks 'Game Of Thrones' Meets Shakespeare Project With David Michôd, 'Jane Got A Gun,' And More". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela (3 September 2015). "Former Universal Chairman David Linde on TIFF Bet, What He Misses About Running a Big Studio". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (8 February 2018). "Timothee Chalamet To Play King Henry V In David Michôd Netflix Film 'The King". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (22 March 2018). "Joel Edgerton Joins Timothee Chalamet in Netflix Drama 'The King'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (31 May 2018). "Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp, Among Cast Joining Timothée Chalamet In Netflix Pic 'The King', Cameras Roll This Week". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (1 June 2018). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Dean-Charles Chapman Joins Netflix Pic 'The King'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  9. ^ Vierney, Joseph (15 May 2018). "Lincoln casting call for period film". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  10. ^ Goundry, Nick (3 May 2018). "Timothée Chalamet to film Henry V movie in Hungary". KFTV. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Day 58, #thatsawrap !". 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ "50 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2019". 2 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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