20th Century Studios has released the trailer and poster for The Last Duel, coming to theaters on October 15.

(20th Century Studios)

(20th Century Studios)

What’s Happening:

  • 20th Century Studios has shared the first poster and trailer for the upcoming film The Last Duel.
  • The film, based on Eric Jager's book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.
  • The film recounts the real-life drama surrounding the last legally sanctioned duel in France.

What They’re Saying:

  • Ridley Scott: “I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as both actors and as screenwriters, along with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result. I had admired the show Killing Eve and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer with a challenging role. Her performance as Marguerite will make her one of the great actresses of her generation.”
  • Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon: “This film is an effort to retell the story of a heroic woman from history whom most people haven’t heard of. We admired her bravery and resolute determination and felt this was both a story that needed to be told and one whose drama would captivate audiences the way it moved us as writers. As we further explored the story, we found so many aspects of the formal, codified patriarchy of 14th century Western Europe to still be present in vestigial ways (and in some cases almost unchanged) in today’s society. We chose to use the device of telling the story from several character’s perspectives in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth.”

About The Last Duel:

  • The film, based on Eric Jager's book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, recounts the real-life revenge drama surrounding the last legally sanctioned duel in France. It follows a man who goes to war and returns to discover a friend has raped his wife. When no one will believe the woman, the soldier appeals to the king, asking that he be allowed to fight a duel to the death to decide the man’s fate. Comer will play the wife.

The Last Duel comes to theaters on October 15, 2021.

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