The Last Duel is a historical film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.
In Ridley Scott’s true historical drama The Last Duel, Matt Damon challenges Adam Driver to a chivalrous duel because apparently only a judgment from God can decide the truth of a rape accusation.
The Last Duel (2021) Movie Info
Genre: Drama, History
Original Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Jennifer Fox, Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Writer: Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
Release Date (Theaters): Oct 15, 2021 wide
Production Co: Scott Free Productions, 20th Century Studios, Pearl Street
Current Trailer for The Last Duel
The Last Duel | Official Trailer | 20th Century Studios
Complete Storyline and information about The Last Duel.
France in the 14th century: Marguerite de Thibouville (Jodie Comer), wife of the knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), publicly declares that she has been raped. She names her husband’s best friend as the perpetrator: the nobleman Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). But by no means everyone believes her statements, and so it’s word against word.
King Charles VI (Alex Lawther) and Count Pierre d’Alençon (Ben Affleck) have to deal with the serious accusation, however, and so the dispute is to be settled by a duel: Jean versus Jacques. God will pronounce his judgment here by making liars lose.
But should the accused Jacques emerge victorious from the duel, not only the defending husband Jean is threatened with dire consequences: For in the event of defeat, Marguerite, who brought the accusation of rape, would end up at the stake as a false witness.
Background & Info on The Last Duel
The Last Duel is based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager. It describes the true events that led to Jean de Carrouges challenging his neighbor and former friend Jacques Le Gris to a duel in 1386 after accusations of rape by his wife.
Trial by combat was a common method of resolving otherwise intractable disputes in the Middle Ages. The outcome was considered a judgment of God. The duel between Le Gris and Carrouges was the last judicial combat of this kind to be authorized by the Parisian Parliament. This is where the title of the film comes from.
Originally, Ben Affleck, who also co-wrote the screenplay for The Last Duel with Matt Damon, was supposed to play the second male lead. However, he had difficulty balancing filming with that of Deep Water. So he stepped down to a supporting role instead, leaving his part to Adam Driver. (ES)