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Trailer for “Outlaw King” shows Chris Pine again under the direction of David Mackenzie

Two years ago, director David Mackenzie got a career best performance out of Chris Pine in the Oscar nominated Hell or High Water. Easily the best film of that year, it was a total surprise, in the best way possible. The filmmaker and the actor had never hit those levels before (don’t forget about Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster, as they were incredible too), making the thought of a second collaboration rather tantalizing. Well, it has happened. Yesterday, a Trailer dropped for Outlaw King, the newest film from Mackenzie, with Pine in the juicy lead role. It’s one of the big Netflix releases for 2018, even getting a theatrical release. You can see the first real look at the flick below, but first, as always…some discussion.

This film is a biographical drama with some big action moments, at least judging by what we’ve seen so far. IMDb lists the plot as such: “A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.” Robert The Bruce (Pine), along with James Douglas (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and other cohorts, must beat back the British forces, establishing Scottish independence. Sure, it may sound like something very similar to Braveheart, but that’s just broad strokes. Mackenzie directs and co-writes here with Mark Bomback, Bathsheba Doran, David Harrower, and James MacInnes. In addition to Pine and Taylor-Johnson, the cast includes Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane, Alastair Mackenzie, Florence Pugh, and more. Barry Ackroyd provides the cinematography.

Going by the Trailer, this movie has some real potential. There’s an epic scope on display, suggesting a bigger project than Mackenzie has ever tackled before. He’s a rock solid filmmaker, so this is a welcome step up to the A-list for him. Pine looks great, further proving that he’s way more than just a pretty face. If this is anywhere close to Braveheart, the Academy may very well be taken by it. The whole Netflix question about how voters feel about the service still looms large, but it’s going to be an issue right up until it isn’t anymore. Maybe this will be the year?

Netflix definitely wants this one to be among their Oscar contenders this year. An across the board campaign will undoubtedly be launched, with a special focus on Best Picture, Best Director (for Mackenzie), Best Actor (for Pine), Best Supporting Actor (for Dillane and/or Taylor-Johnson), Best Supporting Actress (for Pugh), Best Original Screenplay (for Bomback, Doran, Harrower, MacInnes, and Mackenzie), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Makeup & Hairstyling. It’s hard to tell exactly what to make of this one yet, especially with the streaming service having so many possibilities, but if it has the goods, it’ll be under consideration, at least.

Below, you can see the Trailer for Outlaw King and find out just why the streaming service thinks they have an Academy Award player on their hands. They’re going to have to make choices about which movies they want to push, but the fall film festival season might help sort that all out. For now, we have this Trailer to enjoy, and it’s a pretty compelling one too. Give it a look and sit tight for word on how Outlaw King is. If it’s as good as it has the potential to be, watch out. We could have a surprise force to reckon with here…

Here now is the Trailer for Outlaw King:

Stay tuned for much more on Outlaw King in the coming weeks and months!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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