David Mackenzie’s follow-up to his Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water is headed to Netflix, with a $120 million price tag attached. Outlaw King is set to debut in select theatres and on the streaming platform November 9th - like Alfonso Cuarón's Roma - in order to qualify it for next year's Academy Awards.
Most interesting is the fact that Outlaw King reunites Mackenzie with his Hell or High Water cohort (and possible former Captain Kirk) Chris Pine for a radically different exploration of masculine force. Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the King of Scots who hopes to regain control of his country following Edward I declaring him an outlaw (hence the title) due to Robert stirring his land to civil war. Mackenzie co-wrote and co-produced the film, which also features Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, and Stephen Dillane.
Outlaw King is set to open this year's Toronto International Film Festival and, ahead of that bow, Netflix has released a trailer, which makes it look like Mackenzie made an artier Braveheart. Take a gander:
So...OK. All those grey colors and bleak atmosphere - painting a depressing portrait of Scotland under the occupation of King Edward I - definitely makes it look like a Mackenzie joint. However, it takes a moment to pinpoint why there's so little dialogue in the spot: Pine’s Scottish accent is…not the best. Hopefully, the rest of his performance is really strong, and they're just cutting around it until the movie has a chance to win critics over on the fest circuit.
Will Outlaw King be any good? Probably. On top of Hell or High Water, the director also gave us the brutal, hypnotic prison drama Starred Up. Netflix's fall slate is utterly bonkers, proving that they're funneling a ton of money into top tier talent. Here's hoping it pays off when Mackenzie's movie drops November 9th.