The Last Duel, starring Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer and Star Wars‘ Adam Driver, has been branded a flop at the global box office after struggling to make decent figures during its opening weekend.
The acclaimed medieval drama, which explores notably challenging themes admittedly, faced stiff competition from the likes of horror sequel Halloween Kills, Bond follow-up No Time To Die and comic book outing Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and earned just $9 million (£6.6m).
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In comparison, Venom 2 made $62.3 million, having been recently rolled out across the UK, Italy, South Korea, Spain and India, while Halloween Kills – which was released on October 15, the same day as The Last Duel, and is simultaneously streaming online via Peacock in the US – scored an impressive $50.4 million.
Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, The Last Duel is based on a true story and sees the latter’s King Charles VI order knight Jean de Carrouges (Damon) to take part in a single combat fight against his squire Jacques Le Gris (Driver), who has been accused of sexually assaulting Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite (Comer).
Succession‘s Harriet Walter, Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders) and Merlin‘s Nathaniel Parker round out the star-studded cast.
“Before each take, me and Ridley would have a chat and we’d just kind of reiterate what it was that we were wanting from this perspective,” Comer recently told Digital Spy, referencing the fact that the movie is told from three different viewpoints – that of Jean, Jacques and Marguerite. “So we were always kind of on the same page and knew what we were wanting [out of the scenes].
“It was a bit discombobulating when you’re wanting to portray your own character’s truth and instincts, and then you have to step away from that and play into the perspective of the other characters.”
The Last Duel is out in cinemas now.
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