After the success of Outlaw King in 2018, it comes as no surprise that another historical drama will be arriving on Netflix this Fall. Adapting the famous Henriad plays of William Shakespeare, we expect the adaptation to be another smash hit. We have everything you need to know on The King, including the plot, cast, trailer, and Netflix release date.
The King is an upcoming Netflix Original historical drama based on the Henriad plays of William Shakespeare. This is the second Netflix Original directed by David Michôd, the first was War Machine (2017). The last time the Henriad plays were adapted was the BBC production The Holly Crown, which covered all four plays of the tetralogy, including the play, Richard III.
What is the plot of The King?
The following plot synopsis has been provided by Netflix:
Hal, the 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 aging alcoholic knight, John Falstaff.
Are all four plays of the tetralogy covered in The King?
The King will cover all of the events from following plays by William Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; Henry V.
The first play acknowledged in the tetralogy was Richard II. It’s likely there will be some reference to the former English King but the events of the play will not be adapted in The King.
Who is in the cast of The King?
The following cast members have been confirmed for The King:
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|King Henry V of England ‘Hal’||Timothée Chalamet||Call Me by Your Name | Lady Bird | Beautiful Boy|
|The Dauphin of France||Robert Pattinson||Twilight | Remember Me | Water fo Elephants|
|Henry IV||Ben Mendelsohn||Rogue One | Animal Kingdom | The Dark Knight Rises|
|Falstaff||Joel Edgerton||The Gift | The Great Gatsby | Loving|
|Thomas of Lancaster||Dean-Charles Chapman||Before I Go to Sleep | Game of Thrones | The Commuter|
|Catherine||Lily-Rose Depp||Tusk | Yoga Hosers | The Dancer|
|William||Sean Harris||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation | Harry Brown | The Borgias|
|Philippa||Thomasin McKenzie||Leave No Trace | The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies | Lost Girls|
|Hotspur||Tom Glynn-Carney||Dunkirk | Tolkien | Rialto|
|Lord Scrope||Ivan Kaye||Dark Shadows | Assassination Games | Layer Cake|
|Cambridge||Edward Ashley||The Lost City of Z | The Terror | In the Heart of the Sea|
|Archbishop of Canterbury||Andrew Havill||The King’s Speech | Les Miserables | Cloud Atlas|
|Herald||Nick Wittman||Rambo: Last Blood | The Inheritance | Mars|
|Dorset||Steven Elder||Good | Apple Tree Yard | Lost|
When and where did production take place?
All of the filming took place in 2018. Principal photography last began on the 1st of June and concluded on the 24th of August.
Filming took place across different countries in Europe. The main locations used were:
- Szilvásvárad, Hungary
- Páty, Hungary
- Komarom, Hungary
- Lincolnshire, England, UK
- Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England, UK
Is there any stills or images for The King?
What is the run time of The King?
It has been confirmed that the run time of The King is 133 minutes.
Will The King be available to stream in 4K?
Yes! Before the release of the film during the editing process, it is given the Digital Intermediate treatment to ensure it looks it’s absolute best.
Has Netflix released a trailer for The King?
The trailer for The King dropped on the 27th of August.
Upon the first watch of the trailer, we can’t wait to watch the adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays!
When is the Netflix release date for The King?
First of all, The King will be available to watch at the Venice Film Festival on the 2nd of September. After Venice, The King will have a very limited release across select theatres on the 11th of October.
The King will then be arriving 2 months later on the 1st of November 2019.
Will The King be available to stream in my region?
Not to worry, The King will be available to stream across Netflix worldwide.
What time will The King be available to stream in my region?
The following table below are the times that The King will be available to stream in the different regions across the world:
|Time Zone||Time available to stream|
|Pacific Standard Time||12:00 AM|
|Mountain Standard Time||1:00 AM|
|Central Standard Time||2:00 AM|
|Eastern Standard Time||3:00 AM|
|British Summer Time||8:00 AM|
|Central European Time||9:00 AM|
|Eastern European Time||10:00 AM|
|India Standard Time||12:30 PM|
|Japan Standard Time||16:00 PM|
|Australian Eastern Time||18:00 PM|
|New Zealand Day Light Time||20:00 PM|
Netflix releases all of its latest titles from Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time). This means for anyone living in regions the other side of the world have to wait until the evening before titles are available to stream.
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