The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, and Matt Damon in a tale of treachery and revenge set in 14th-century France, has received its debut trailer from 20th Century Studios. The film, which is based on the real event of France’s last sanctioned duel, will be released in theatres countrywide on October 15. Check out the trailer below
The film is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 book “The Last Duel: A True Story Of Trial By Combat In Medieval France.” After Carrouge’s wife, Marguerite, accused Le Gris of rape, the film chronicles the events of the last legally acknowledged judicial duel in France, which pitted Norman knight Jean de Carrouges against his squire Jacques Le Gris. The case was a national scandal at the time, and it has since become something of a cultural legend in France, as well as a topic of heated dispute among historians.
Jean de Carrouges is played by Damon, while Jacques Le Gris is played by Adam Driver, and Marguerite de Carrouges is played by Comer. Ben Affleck plays Count Pierre d’Alençon in The Last Duel. Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon wrote the script for the film, which is based on Eric Jager’s novel. Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Jennifer Fox, Holofcener, Damon, and Affleck produce the picture, which also has executive producers Kevin Halloran, Drew Vinton, and Madison Ainley.
With its trial-by-fight premise fuelled by sexual abuse allegations, “The Last Duel” may become a lightning rod for Hollywood outrage. The #MeToo movement and the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein’s conviction continue to loom large in popular culture. Regrettably, so does Rudy Guliani’s absurd proposal from January that the 2020 presidential election should be decided by a trial by fight. Thankfully, Guliani’s legal license in New York and Washington, DC was suspended as a result of the proposal.