Venice Film Festival: David Michôd’s ‘The King’ Bows to Strong First Reactions, Chalamet and Pattinson Shine in Opposing Roles

The 76th Venice Film Festival saw the world premiere of David Michôd‘s “The King,” where Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet reportedly turns in a great performance as King Henry V.

Michôd’s “The King” world premiered in Venice out of competition Monday morning and first reactions are praising both Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, two actors who continue to push themselves with nearly every role. The film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” follows Hal (Chalamet), a prince reluctant to take the English throne. After his father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and must rely on his close confidants to navigate the world of palace politics and the real world as king. Pattinson stars as the Dauphin of France, a character audiences are already taking notice of. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp, Sean Harris, Joel Edgerton and Thomasin McKenzie.

Michôd directs the period drama with a script he co-wrote with Edgerton, who wrote and directed last year’s “Boy Erased.” Chalamet stars as the titular young king, having recently been nominated in 2017 for his role in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.” Chalamet stars in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming adaptation of “Little Women.” The role may or may not keep Chalamet’s name in the awards discussion as Netflix try and vie for Oscar recognition.

Pattinson’s character reportedly doesn’t appear until after the first hour of the 133-minute film. Nonetheless, Michôd says he cast the actor to add a little bit of “razzle dazzle” to the story. His Dauphin, a formidable yet charming foe to Chalamet’s stone-cold Hal, apparently steals the scene as he is introduced, surprising the audience with his accent and onscreen presence. Pattinson is revered by many as one of the greatest actors of his generation, with roles like “Good Time” and “High Life” to show for. This sentiment is poised to hold up in “The King.”

First reactions out of Venice are seen via Twitter, with attendees taking high notice of the film’s performances and some finding the feature to be a standard period piece:

“The King” is produced by Plan B, Porchlight Films, Yoki, Blue-Tongue Films and Netflix Studios. Netflix will be distributing the film for a limited theatrical run October 11 before hitting streaming November 1.

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