Damon bids goodbye to Jodie Comer and gets ready to battle in a new image from Ridley Scott’s medieval adventure, The Last Duel. Damon, Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener are the screenwriters of the medieval epic, which also stars Ben Affleck and Adam Driver.
Damon and Affleck became famous as co-writers and co-stars of Good Will Hunting, subsequently winning an Oscar for their screenplay. Damon plays the knight Jean de Carrouges in The Last Duel, who challenges his squire Jacques Le Gris to a duel after his wife Marguerite de Carrouges accuses Le Gris of rape.
This is the true story of the last legally permitted duel in France, seen through the eyes of Peter II of Alençon (Ben Affleck), with Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton, Harriet Walter, and Nathaniel Parker among the cast.
During the filming of The Last Duel, Damon’s valiant Jean de Carrouges is seen bidding farewell to his wife Marguerite and departing to fight. Fandango used this photo in their extensive Fall Movie Preview article.
The Last Duel is a significant shift in pace for the Damon and Affleck team. Following their collaboration as modern-day heroes in Good Will Hunting, the two reteamed to portray fallen angels in Kevin Smith’s comedy Dogma. They next collaborated on Jay, and Silent Bob Strike Back, which Ben Affleck directed.
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They have worked together on numerous films in the past, and of course, they are credited together on many more. However, The Last Duel sees them not just writing again but also appearing on-screen for the first time in a full-on costume drama, as well as collaborating.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Scott has visited many times. He began his feature film directorial career with another movie about battling, The Duellists, in 1977. Some of his later films deal with historical eras, such as the Spanish conquest of Paradise in 1492: Conquest of Paradise and the Roman empire in Gladiator.
In 2005, Ridley Scott directed the historical epic Kingdom of Heaven. In 2010’s Robin Hood, he depicted the same era as The Last Duel. 2014’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is also set in ancient Egypt, as is 2012’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
It’s impossible to predict where The Last Duel will fall among Ridley Scott’s many period-set movies, but he does have a compelling cast, and the plot is fascinating.
The one thing audiences can count on when Scott is at the helm is that the film will be a visual delight. The Last Duel adds another element to Affleck and Damon’s cameo appearance in medieval garb in a movie that isn’t about cannabis.
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