Matt Damon and Adam Driver go head to head in the first trailer of “The Last Duel,” the 20th Century Studios landmark epic from four-time Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott.
A clash between movie titans – at least as far as the awards are concerned – with Oscar winner Damon as Jean de Carrouges and Oscar nominee Driver as Jacques Le Gris, the two friends became bitter rivals taking part in France’s last sanctioned duel.
Emmy winner Jodie Comer stars as Jean’s wife Marguerite de Carrouges, and two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck is Count Pierre d’Alençon (who has a shocking blonde haircut).
Set during the Hundred Years War, 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 brutally attacked by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to remain silent and steps forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that endangers her life. The ensuing battle, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.
Written by Nicole Holofcener, Affleck and Damon, the film is based on real events and unravels long-held assumptions about what happened between the two men. It is an adaptation of Eric Jager’s book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.”
The film is produced by Scott, Kevin J. Walsh (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jennifer Fox (“Nightcrawler”), Holofcener, Damon and Affleck with Kevin Halloran (“Ford v Ferrari”), Drew Vinton (“Promised Land ‘), Madison Ainley (“Justice League”) as executive producers.
“The Last Duel” hits theaters across the country from October 15.
Watch the trailer and check out the first footage below.