Bow down to the new king. Though, from the looks of Timothée Chalamet in The King trailer it's not easy being on the English throne, especially when you definitely don't want to be sitting there. And perhaps, no one else wants you there either.
The Netflix film, out in select theaters this fall before it starts streaming, features Chalamet and his bowl haircut as King Henry V, who's trying to put the pieces of his kingdom together again after the death of his tyrannical father, played by Ben Mendelsohn. Hal (Chalamet) never wanted to rule, in fact, he tried to run away from this life. But now, here he is the reluctant king of a land that desperately needs a leader. However, he's not so sure who, if anyone, he can trust in this court that includes Sean Harris, and Joel Edgerton, who co-wrote The King, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's “Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2” and “Henry V.”
"A new chapter in my life has begun," Hal tells his friend, the aging alcoholic knight John Falstaff (Edgerton) in the clip shortly. "Already I can feel the weight of this crown I wear." Yes, there is a whole lot of drama in this court—why yes, that was a beheading—and that crown is only going to get heavier as he tries to navigate it. “I’ve been forced to on the counsel of men whose loyalty I question every waking moment," he says. "I need men around me I can trust.” But even his much trusted ally, Falstaff is tossing off advice like, "A king has no friends." Yeah, not so helpful, Falstaff.
In Falstaff's opinion, "the king only has followers," which means Henry V has to get everyone on board with his leadership. Easier said than done, of course. The king has a foe in Louis, the Dauphin of Viennois, played by Pattinson, who is rocking long stringy locks that give Chalamet's bowl cut a run for its money.
The medieval epic, which also stars Lily-Rose Depp, Chalamet's rumored girlfriend as Henry's wife, Catherine, has the young king taking to the battlefield in a war his father started. It could be his way to prove his strength as a leader, even if he's a wayward one. But is it enough? From the looks of those hard hits the knights are taking and all the brooding Chalamet's doing, let's assume not so much.
Director David Michôd didn't want The King to be a war movie. Instead, he said in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly, "I wanted the kind of medieval movie I might make—one devoid of the nationalist bombast normally associated with the story of Henry V and one that might illuminate the ways in which war can emerge from the swamp of power and paranoia, greed and hubris, fear and family.” And let's be honest, Chalamet seems like more of a lover than a fightet anyway.
For those that don't know their Shakespeare, they'll be in for a surprise with this new film. But after watching The King trailer, it's clear Chalamet, who also stars in Little Women, is serving a look that can not be rivaled. (Sorry, Pattinson.) All hail this king and his bold hair choices.