The film is based on the true story of France’s last officially recognised judicial duel, which took place back in 1386. Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer) accused Norman squire Jacques LeGris (Driver) of viciously assaulting her, leading King Charles VI (Affleck) to declare that LeGris and her husband, prideful and respected Knight Jean de Carrouges (Damon), must duel to death in order to finalise the matter. If Carrouges lost the duel, then Marguerite would be deemed guilty of perjury… and burnt at the stake.
The clip below is the film’s opening, with Damon’s Carrouges and Driver’s Jacques LeGris gearing up for battle. We’re offered a look at the first moments of this showdown, as they appear before King Charles VI (The End of the F***ing World‘s Alex Lawther) and Count Pierre d’Alençon (Affleck), before mounting their warhorses and riding at each with lances. The rest, of course, will have to be seen when the film comes out.
Luckily, it’s just around the corner! The Last Duel, which Damon and Affleck wrote alongside Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), will open in US cinemas on October 15th and Australian cinemas on October 21st.
Official synopsis for The Last Duel:
The historical epic is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores the ubiquitous power of men, the frailty of justice and the strength and courage of one woman willing to stand alone in the service of truth. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.