‘The King’: Netflix Movie Release Date, Plot, Cast & Trailer

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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?

Don’t worry. The King will be available to stream across Netflix worldwide.

Are you excited for the release of The King? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.