Welcome to the 2019 Awards Profile series, where we talk about films coming to a theater near you in the coming year (at least at this time of writing). The series analyzes the films and their awards season potential, most notably for the Academy Awards, based on the talents attached, filmmakers involved, and story and source material. Monday through Friday until mid-May, AwardsCircuit will bring you a new and exciting project and discuss its chances for success. If you have a suggestion for a movie we should cover, include it in the comments section below. If you miss a film covered, click on the tag or category for “Awards Profile.”
FILM: “THE KING”
DIRECTOR: David Michod
PRODUCERS: David Michod, Joel Edgerton, Ded Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, and Liz Watts
WRITERS: Joel Edgerton and David Michod (Based on William Shakespeare’s Henriad)
CAST: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp
SYNOPSIS: The story of young Henry V’s rise to power in England at the turn of the 15th Century. (Deadline)
SCHEDULED RELEASE DATE: To be announced, 2019
Joel Edgerton stated in an interview with Josh Horowitz that “The King” is “Game of Thrones” meets Shakespeare with “understandable” dialogue. If this statement holds true, “The King” may be able to appeal to a passionate audience looking to fill a void left by the ending of “Game of Thrones.”
Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner won Oscars for producing “12 Years a Slave” in 2013. Gardner and Kleiner would go on to win again for 2016’s “Moonlight.” This team of producers obviously have a keen eye for quality. If “The King” is looking for a seat at the award’s season table, this is the producing team that could make it happen.
The cast is extremely capable. Ben Mendelsohn (Emmy winner from Netflix’s “Bloodline”) has been making a name for himself in recent franchises, including “The Dark Night Rises,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Robin Hood,” and “Captain Marvel.” After the “Twilight” saga wrapped, Robert Pattinson has taken it upon himself to make some brave and out of the box choices, like “Good Time” (2017) and “High Life” (2018). Pattinson has proven to be more interested in the work rather than fame.
Joel Edgerton (who is a co-writer) is a great actor with also a sharp eye for storytelling. Last year’s “Boy Erased” is a perfect example of his far-reaching talents. Since the release of “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name” in 2017, Chalamet is looking to become the greatest actor of his generation. With his talent, this is a feat he is more than capable of achieving.
Due to the current climate, one may ask if we need yet another film with a predominately white male cast telling a story about the rise and fall of the powerful. And in 1989, Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in Shakespeare’s Henry V (Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 were also told via flashbacks). Critics acclaimed the film as one of the strongest adaptations of Shakespeare’s works. With so many amazing stories to tell, does this one need to be told again?
On the business side, Netflix is facing the question of future award season eligibility. There are conflicting opinions about whether streaming films that spend only a day or two in the theatres should be considered theatrical films or television. If the academy changes the rules in the coming year, we may be looking at a very different award’s season.
POTENTIAL AWARD CATEGORIES IN PLAY:
• Motion Picture (David Michod, Joel Edgerton, Ded Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, and Liz Watts)
• Director (David Michod)
• Actor in a Leading Role (Timothée Chalamet)
• Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn)
• Adapted Screenplay (Joel Edgerton and David Michod)
• Production Design (Fiona Crombie)
• Cinematography (Adam Arkapaw)
• Costume Design (Jane Petrie)
• Film Editing (Peter Sciberras)
POTENTIAL KEY NOTICES FROM OTHER GROUPS:
• Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble (SAG Awards): This cast is made up of a lot of hot names in the film business right now.
• Best Lead Actor (BAFTA): Timothée Chalamet has been nominated for a BAFTA the past two years, as well as for the Rising Star Award. He has yet to win.