Joel Edgerton Talks ‘The King’ and Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’

     November 1, 2019

With co-writer/director David Michod’s historical drama The King now streaming on Netflix, I recently sat down with Joel Edgerton for an exclusive interview. If you haven’t seen the trailer, The King revolves around a wayward prince (Timothée Chalamet) who ascends the English Throne upon his father’s death at which point he must navigate the politics of the war-torn kingdom. The film blends historical fact and literary fiction to craft a fresh take on the material, which has been the subject of previous films and the William Shakespeare plays Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. The King also stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.


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During the interview, Joel Edgerton talked about co-writing and producing the project, what it was like writing the big speech Chalamet delivers to his troops in the 3rd act, why he loved getting ready for the role, why he’s happy he didn’t direct the film, what he was concerned with before filming began, and more. In addition, with Edgerton currently filming Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, he talked about what people can expect from the Amazon series.

Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

the-king-posterJoel Edgerton:

  • How he co-wrote, produced and starred in the film.
  • Why he loved getting ready to play the role.
  • What was it like writing the big speech that Timothee Chalame has to give the troops in the 3rd act?
  • Why they didn’t want to use any dialogue from Shakespeare in the speech.
  • What was the thing he was most concerned with before filming began?
  • What can he say about Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad?

Here’s the official synopsis for The King:

Inspired by elements of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V, a young, disgraced prince, Hal inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff.

Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, The King co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.

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