By: John M Jerva

20th Century Films has just unveiled a brand new trailer to a film that I forgot was being made but now is on my radar once again and with a cast like this, it’s certainly ripe with period drama and action to set the mood. The film is called The Last Duel and it features Jodie Comer along with Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Hollywood directing legend Ridley Scott is at the helm so check out the swordplay, dramatic monologues and more below!

The historical epic is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores the ubiquitous power of men, the frailty of justice and the strength and courage of one woman willing to stand alone in the service of truth. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.

The film is based on Eric Jager’s book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France which documents the last, historic sanctioned duel in France in the 14th century where ten men waged war to the death with a woman’s life hanging on the outcome.

The Last Duel takes aim with a theatrical release set for October 15th.

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