Pine is nearing a deal to play Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in the early 14th century, while Foster will play his loyal aide and chief adviser, a knight named James Douglas.
Hell or High Water earned a surprise Best Picture nomination earlier this year, catapulting Mackenzie to the top of studio lists across town. Though he flirted with the Scarface remake at Universal, it was ultimately new Netflix chief Scott Stuber who convinced Mackenzie to make his next film for the streaming service.
Outlaw King will feature a love story between Robert the Bruce and his Queen, Elizabeth de Burgh, while Scottish warrior William Wallace (yes, the one from Braveheart) also makes an appearance. And yet, to be honest, the film doesn’t really sound all that interesting to me.
That said, it clearly means a lot to Scotland native Mackenzie, for whom Outlaw King is a true passion project. The talented director isn’t inclined to let Braveheart have the last word about Robert the Bruce, who was depicted as a disloyal brat in Mel Gibson’s Best Picture winner.
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