Angus Macfadyen played Scottish warrior and king ROBERT THE BRUCE in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning Braveheart back in 1995. He must have enjoyed playing the character enough to co-write and star in a new historic drama in which he’ll reprise the role.
Directed by Australian filmmaker Richard Gray (Sugar Mountain), the script for Robert the Bruce, currently in production, was co-written by Eric Belgau, and it’s said to continue the Scottish king’s story where Braveheart ended.
The cast includes Jared Harris from Mad Men and Patrick Fugit from We Bought a Zoo, as well as many historic drama vets like Zach McGowan (Black Sails), Anna Hutchison (Spartacus), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings), and Emma Kenney (Shameless), Talitha Bateman (Geostorm), Gabriel Bateman (Benji), Seoras Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers), Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars) and Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean).
The story follows Hutchinson as a widow who saves Macfadyen’s King of Scotland after which he lives with her and her child, nephew and niece.
The film is produced by Gray with Macfadyen and Hutchison as well as Kim Barnard, Nick Farnell, Cameron Nuggent and Andrew Curry. Cater Boehm of Ponderosa Films is exec. producing along with Sharon Cox, Mike Gillespie at Primary Wave Entertainment and Gray’s Yellow Brick Films.
Represented by Curtis Brown Group, Innovative Artists and Kramer Management, Macfayden is a prolific Scottish actor who most recently appeared on the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies, and he’s appeared in a wide array of films and television shows, including Braveheart, a few of the Saw movies and a number of smaller films currently in post.
It’s not completely uncommon for an actor to revive a character years and even decades after playing them, but it’s interesting to see Macfadyen taking the reins on his own career by writing himself as a character played in someone else’s movie, in this case Mel Gibson’s, from more than twenty years ago.
This story was initially reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor