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The Ridley Scott-directed 20th Century Studios interval epic The Last Duel was placed on”indefinite hiatus,” days before shooting was to start in Ireland. Sources said the cast has been told all this, and it’s uncertain when production will begin on a film that was slated for Christmas Day release by Disney having a global rollout January 8.
They hope to maintain that date; Scott is jumping right into the editing room to assemble the one-hour-plus amount of the movie he shot over 4 1/2 weeks. This likely presages additional moves from movie productions across the world that are being affected by the international epidemic of COVID-19.
Most recently, following the authorities of Prague closed schools and put additional restrictions on travel and event, the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from Marvel has shut down production there.
The Last Duel stars Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Notebook, and Ben Affleck. Based on Eric Jager’s novel, the script is by Damon, Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener. The movie was shooting right along in France, before the projected move to Ireland.
Damon and Driver perform best buddies, the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. The former goes to war and proceeds to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife, Marguerite. No one will think the woman and the soldier appeal to King Charles VI of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre Dannon, which preferred Le Gris. The choice is that the two guys fight a duel to the death. The one left alive would be declared the winner as an indication of God’s will. And if de Carrouges loses, his spouse is going to be burnt at stake for punishment because of her false accusation.
The Last Duel is produced by Scott, Holofcener, Kevin J. Walsh, and Jennifer Fox. Executive producers are Affleck, Damon, Madison Ainley, Kevin Halloran, and Drew Vinton.
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