In Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”, Matt Damon and Adam Driver face off in a duel to the death against Jodie Comer. But the first trailer shows that it is the character of Comer who is the main protagonist of the film, and she is the one who really risks her life.
Scott’s film is written by Nicole Holofcener (“Can you ever forgive me”), Damon and Ben Affleck, who also co-star. The historical period drama, based on a true story, opens in theaters at 20th Century Studios on October 15.
Comer plays Marguerite de Carrouges, who claims to have been violently assaulted by a respected knight named Le Gris (Driver). When he denies the accusation, she refuses to remain silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker and causing Damon to defend his wife’s honor. But if Damon’s character loses in his duel, his life will be in danger.
“I’m risking my life for you,” Damon tells Comer in the trailer. She retorts: “You are risking my life to save your pride.”
“The Last Duel” is based on Eric Jager’s book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France”. The book is set in the Middle Ages, but struggles with the standards of etiquette, social aspirations, and justice of the era that could have dire consequences if someone defied the church, the nobility at court, or a teenage king. Women, in particular, had no legal status in society without the support of their husbands, and the trailer for the film highlights these gender policies.
“I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as actors and writers, with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result,” Scott said in a communicated. . “I had admired the series ‘Killing Eve’ and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer in a stimulating role. Her portrayal of Marguerite would make her one of the great actresses of her generation.
“This film is an effort to tell the story of a heroic woman in the story that most people haven’t heard of,” the writers said in a statement. “We admired his bravery and steadfast determination and felt that it was both a story that needed to be told and one whose drama would captivate audiences with how it moved us as writers. As we explored history, we found that so many aspects of the formal and codified patriarchy of 14th century Western Europe were still present in a residual (and in some cases almost unchanged) way in society. today. We have chosen to use the device of telling the story from the point of view of several characters in order to examine the immutable fact that although many people who go through the same event come out with different accounts, there cannot be have only one truth.
“The Last Duel” is produced by Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jennifer Fox (“Nightcrawler”), Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Kevin Halloran (“Ford v Ferrari”), Drew Vinton (“Promised Land”) and Madison Ainley (“Justice League”) are the executive producers.
Check out the first trailer above.