Filming on Ridley Scott’s revenge drama The Last Duel starring Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck has started shooting this month in France. 

Set photos have been trickling out and the latest round comes from TMZ focusing on Ben Affleck with a regal blonde bowl cut, which is period-accurate but also goofy looking. 

JustJared has also posted images of Matt Damon on the set with what is essentially a mullet

Adam Driver seemingly the only one out of the three that looks slightly normal and looks kinda dashing in his suit of armor. 

Last month, HN Entertainment confirmed that production designer Arthur Max (Prometheus, Gladiator, The Martian) would be on the film’s production team. 

A portion of the filming is also expected to take place in Ireland as well. 

The period drama is based on the historical novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, & Trial By Combat In Medieval France by Eric Jager. 

It is 1386 when Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight, returns from combat in Scotland to find his wife, Marguerite, accusing Jacques LeGris of brutally raping her. A deadlocked court decrees a “trial by combat” that also leaves Marguerite’s fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser. 

Carrouges and LeGris, in full armor, meet on a walled field in Paris before a massive crowd that includes the king teenage King Charles VI and many nobles of the realm. What follows is a fierce fight during which both combatants suffer wounds—but only one fatal. The violent and tragic episode was notorious in its own time because of the nature of the alleged crime, and is just as relevant in our post-Me Too era.

The screenplay was adapted by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). You might remember that Matt and Ben won Best Original Screenplay Oscars for their Good Will Hunting script.

The film is said to be told from the three different points of view of the leads. 

Set in 14th century France, the movie is an epic tale of betrayal and justice, told from three distinct points of view: two knights (Damon and Driver) whose bond is tested by treachery and a young woman (Comer) forced to navigate the brutal and oppressive culture of the era in order to survive.

The Last Duel will be released by Disney/20th Century Studios on January 8th, 2021. 


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