Fans of historical drama series The Last Kingdom, you’ll want to sit up for this one.
The Last Kingdome may have its fifth and final season coming up, but that won’t be the last chapter in this particular world. Netflix has ordered a two-hour feature film titled Seven Kings Must Die, set to start filming in Budapest early next year.
As first reported by Deadline, the film will have series star and exec producer Alexander Dreymon reprising his role as Uhtred of Bebbanburg, with many of the series cast returning and new faces introduced. Set to direct is Ed Bazalgette, who has directed and co-executive produced six episodes of the series. Martha Hillier, writer on six episodes, will pen the screenplay and is also on board to exec produce.
“It’s been such a privilege to tell Uhtred’s story for five seasons,” said Dreymon. “I’m so grateful to our fans. They have been immensely loyal to The Last Kingdom and thanks to their support, the team is getting together for another round.”
An adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels, The Last Kingdom takes place from the year 866 and is a re-telling of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite the many separate kingdoms into what would become England. Uhtred – born a Saxon but raised by Vikings – seeks to claim his ancestral birthright. The series originally came from BBC2 in 2015, Netflix become co-producer for season 2, and then acquired full rights in most territories from season 3.
While the ten-episode final season was previously expected to hit Netflix in November of this year, it appears that fans will have to wait for 2022 – perhaps early in the year – instead.