Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel production delayed due to Coronavirus
As many movie studios are re-evaluating release dates and production schedules amidst the worldwide coronavirus concerns, fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see the Knights of Ben in The Last Duel. Disney has delayed shooting on the Ridley Scott (The Martian) medieval knight drama led by Ben Affleck (The Way Back), Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Matt Damon (Ford v. Ferrari), according to Deadline.
With the film currently set for a Christmas release date, it’s unclear if the delay in production will affect that release date, however it’s not the first time Scott has had to work on an expedited schedule after having to speed through eight days of major reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the 2017 crime biopic thriller All the Money in the World.
Based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager, the novel takes place in 1386 and tells the story a Norman knight who returns from war to find his wife accusing his old friend of raping her. The story sees the French court decide the fate of the accusation with trial by combat between the pair. Comer will play the wife with Damon and Driver filling the two lead male roles. Damon and Affleck also co-wrote the script with Nicole Holofcener, the first collaboration between the pair since the Academy Award winning Good Will Hunting.
In addition to Affleck, Driver and Damon, the cast will also be led by Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and will co-star Harriet Walter (The Crown), Samuel Hazeldine (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) and Nathaniel Parker (Of Kings and Prophets).
The Last Duel will mark the second collaboration between Damon and Scott, who previously worked on The Martian together. Scott and Kevin Walsh will produce alongside Damon and Affleck.
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