King Richard is a film that will be put together by HBO and premiered on their network in November 2021. The movie stars Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and Janet McTeer as the titular King Richard. With a runtime of 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film follows the life story of King Richard III from his early days to his rise to power before he died at Bosworth Field.
ABOUT KING RICHARD:
The film is based on William Shakespeare’s play ”Richard III” which chronicles the rise to power and subsequent fall from the grace of King Richard III. Edward III was a prolific writer, and the screenplay is adapted by Edward III from his own play. The film is directed by Dominic Cooke from an adapted screenplay written by Ben Power and stars Rory Kinnear as Richard III.
King Richard III opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on September 13, 2021, and is scheduled to be shown exclusively on HBO from November 19TH, 2021.
The PLOT starts with a battle scene where Morgan manages to take control over the English throne after defeating Henry Tudor (later known as Henry VII) during an invasion in Wales. The PLOT starts with a battle scene where Morgan manages to take control over the English throne after defeating Henry Tudor (later known as Henry VII) during an invasion in Wales.
Henry’s future wife Margaret Beaufort, who was just seven years old at the time of her father’s death, is left distraught but manages to organize a small army. She is forced to use her own bedroom as headquarters and she leads the army from this makeshift base in recapturing Pembroke Castle, which was an important building for Henry Tudor at that time because it provided him with access to ports along the Irish Sea.
The PLOT continues on Morgan’s quest to take control over the English throne by defeating Henry Tudor, while Margaret Beaufort (who was just seven years old at the time of her father’s death) is left distraught but manages to organize a small army. Nicknamed the “Handsome King,” as well as the “Merry Monarch” or the “Lionheart,” Richard III was one of England’s most notorious kings.
Born in 1452 to Anne Neville and George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, Richard was the last king to die in battle. Much like the Shakespearean play that would later be created about him, King Richard III has been rumored as a tyrant who killed his wife and children for political gain.
THE STARRING CAST: NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS:
- Joanne Whalley as Lady Margaret Beaufort
- James Frain as Richard III, Duke of Gloucester and Anne Neville’s husband
- Nicholas Farrell as Henry Tudor.
King Richard III is directed by and stars Academy Award nominee Jeremy Irons in the title role, with a supporting cast that includes: Sean Bean as Henry Tudor; Sir Anthony Sher as Buckingham; James Fleet as Hastings; Kerry Condon as Lady Anne Neville/Queen Elizabeth of York; Francesca Annis as Cecily, Duchess of York; Nathaniel Parker as Richard’s Brother Clarence and Gemma Jones as Cicely Neville/ Queen Margaret of Anjou.
FILMING OF KING RICHARD:
The film is being shot in Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland Production for the show began on Feb. 27, 2019, and was completed by Aug. 31, 2020. Production for the film began in September 2012 with filming taking place at various locations throughout southern England and Wales, including Penshurst Place and Bolsover Castle in Kent; Fotheringhay Castle near Peterborough; The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon; Raglan Castle, Beaumaris Castle, and Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
EXPECTATIONS FOR KING RICHARD:
This movie has been received with a lot of anticipation from both fans and critics alike. The HBO show had a major following and with the new movie coming out there is no doubt that people are excited to see what happens next. The critics have been pretty positive so far as well, giving it an average rating of 72%. The production value seems high quality and this helps build anticipation for viewers who may not be familiar with the series.