Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet has been cast as the title character in THE KING, the new film from Australian filmmaker David Michôd, produced by Plan B and Netflix.
It will be Chalamet’s first starring role following his critically-acclaimed turn in Luca Guadagnino’s film, which was also nominated for Best Picture and for James Ivory’s screenplay.
The King was written by Michod and Joel Edgerton, who also came up with the story for Michod’s earlier film The Rover and appeared in his debut Animal Kingdom. Production for the film will begin in June as Michôd’s second film with Plan B Entertainment and Netflix following 2017’s War Machine, starring Brad Pitt.
Chalamet will play the young 14th Century king Henry V who had to step up when his brother was killed in battle, and he’s put to the test when England is close to war with France. Chalamet previously worked with Plan B starring with Steve Carell in Felix Von Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy for Amazon Studios.
Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing along with Edgerton, Michôd and Michôd’s regular production partner Liz Watts, who produced Animal Kingdom and The Rover.
Deadline previously reported on Chalamet’s casting.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor