Many might recognize Mads Mikkelsen from his superb work on the sublime NBC series, Hannibal, but the veteran Dane has quite the list of feature film work to his credit as well. One of his latest works is writer-director Arnaud des Pallières’ Age of Uprising: The legend of Michael Kohlhaas, an adaptation of German author Heinrich von Kleist’s novella based on the 16th-century vigilante Hans Kohlhase. While none of the above names are likely to strike a chord with the American public at large, the themes that drive Age of Uprising should, since they center on the title character who is wronged by the ruling class, and then sets out in search of justice. The first look at the film in the new Age of Uprising trailer draws comparisons to Robin Hood and Braveheart, while showing (for many) a whole new side to Mikkelsen.
Hit the jump to watch the Age of Uprising trailer, and be sure to check out the film in theaters and OnDemand starting May 30th.
Watch the Age of Uprising trailer below, followed by the film’s synopsis and new images:
An arresting medieval epic starring Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal), AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS explores the high cost of vengeance. With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice.
Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist’s 16th century novella, the story of Michael Kohlhaas is considered one of the first examples of modern literature. Filled with gorgeous widescreen cinematography, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and stands tall as a powerful cinematic adaptation of a classic of German romanticism.