Ridley Scott directs the action drama opening in theaters Oct. 15
“I am risking my life for you,” Damon says to her in the trailer. “You are risking my life so you can save your pride,” Comer fires back.
“The Last Duel” is based on Eric Jager’s book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France,” which is set in the Middle Ages but grapples with the norms of etiquette, social aspirations and justice of the day that could lead to severe consequences should someone defy the church, the nobility at court or a teenage king. Women especially had no legal standing in this society without the support of her husband, and this first trailer suggests how the film grapples with those gender politics.
“I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as both actors and as screenwriters, along with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result,” Scott said in a statement. “I had admired the show ‘Killing Eve’ and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer with a challenging role. Her performance as Marguerite will make her one of the great actresses of her generation.”
“This film is an effort to retell the story of a heroic woman from history whom most people haven’t heard of. We admired her bravery and resolute determination and felt this was both a story that needed to be told and one whose drama would captivate audiences the way it moved us as writers. As we further explored the story, we found so many aspects of the formal, codified patriarchy of 14th century Western Europe to still be present in vestigial ways (and in some cases almost unchanged) in today’s society,” the writers said in a statement. “We chose to use the device of telling the story from several character’s perspectives in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth.”
“The Last Duel” is produced by Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jennifer Fox (“Nightcrawler”), Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, with Kevin Halloran (“Ford v Ferrari”), Drew Vinton (“Promised Land”) and Madison Ainley (“Justice League”) serving as executive producers.
Check out the first trailer above.
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