A trailer has dropped for the new film Robert the Bruce. Take a look:
Though this film isn’t technically a sequel to Mel Gibson’s 1995 film Braveheart, Angus Macfadyen will be playing the title character, whom he also portrayed in that earlier film. In addition to starring, Macfadyen co-wrote the screenplay and served as producer. Here’s the official synopsis:
Scotland 1306, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen: Braveheart) crowns himself King and takes the ambition of Scotland’s freedom as his own. But he cannot overcome England’s power: defeated again and again, his army is scattered and Scotland’s nobility abandons him. Hunted, with a price on his head, he finds himself alone and wounded. The cause of freedom seems lost once more. Hidden secretly in a secluded croft of a clan pledged to England, and close to death Robert is nursed back to life by a young widow and her orphaned children. His determination to do what is right, regardless of the cost, reinvigorates his passion to rise again. But it’s not revenge he desires. It’s freedom. Now.
Looks like there’s some potential here. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of approach they take in depicting this story. Accounts in the chronicles are conflicting at times, and in some of them Robert the Bruce doesn’t come out looking too good.
In addition to Macfadyen, the cast also includes Jared Harris (The Terror), Anna Hutchison (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Patrick Fugit (First Man), and Zach McGowan (Dracula Untold).
The film will premiere on June 23 at the Edinburgh Film Festival and open in the UK on June 28. No US release date has yet been announced.