Netflix just gave us our first look at Timothée Chalamet in the David Michôd-directed film The King. The trailer features a tense Chalamet grappling with the burden of new kingship as a boy, Hal, who has been forced into the role following the death of his father, Henry IV.
The trailer foreshadows Hal’s fulfillment of the name of Henry V of England with moody and tense shots of Hal navigating battlefields and royal courts. In one moment, we see a carefree Hal that almost takes us back to that dancing scene in Call Me by Your Name, except this time he’s not somewhere in northern Italy, he’s in a crowded pub laughing at a drunken Joel Edgerton, who plays John Falstaff, a knight and Hal’s friend before his coronation. This is followed by a dark shot of blazing catapults illuminating Hal’s sullen and severe face as they rise, undoubtedly reflecting on the newfound responsibility he would rather burn up and fling away.
The film features an impressive cast, aligning Robert Pattinson with Edgerton and Michôd again after they worked together on the 2014 film The Rover. Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp and Sean Harris are also starring. Edgerton and Michôd co-wrote the script.
Chalamet is shaping up to reign both onscreen and at the box office over the next few months, as he is reuniting with Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which is set for release on Christmas Day.
“Already I can feel the weight of this crown I wear,” Hal says to Falstaff in the trailer. We will see how Hal handles this heavy burden later this fall, when The King comes to Netflix and select theaters.
You can find the trailer below.