Adam Driver (Marriage Story, The Report, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) is in talks to co-star opposite Matt Damon in The Last Duel cast, according to Variety. Driver will play the role that Ben Affleck was originally thought to be playing in the Ridley Scott-directed revenge drama from Disney’s 20th Century Fox. Affleck will play a supporting part along with Killing Eve star Jodie Comer instead.
Ridley Scott will direct a script by Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener. It will be the first time Damon and Affleck have worked together on a script since winning an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. The film is based on Eric Jager’s The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, which is officially described as follows:
The gripping, atmospheric true story of the “duel to end all duels” in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight’s beautiful young wife.
When Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight, returns from combat in Scotland to find his wife, Marguerite, accusing Jacques LeGris, her husband’s old friend and fellow courtier, of brutally raping her, the knight takes his cause before the teenage King Charles VI. Amid LeGris’s vociferous claims of innocence and doubts about the now pregnant Marguerite’s charges (and about the paternity of her child), the deadlocked court decrees a “trial by combat” that leaves her fate, too, in the balance. For if her husband and champion loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser.
Carrouges and LeGris, in full armor, eventually meet on a walled field in Paris before a massive crowd that includes the king and many nobles of the realm. A fierce fight on horseback and then on foot ensues during which both combatants suffer wounds—but only one fatal. The violent and tragic episode was notorious in its own time because of the nature of the alleged crime, the legal impasse it provoked, and the resulting trial by combat, an ancient but increasingly suspect institution that was thereafter abolished.
The dramatic true story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds in 1386, during the devastating Hundred Years War between France and England, as enemy troops pillage the land, madness haunts the French court, the Great Schism splits the Church, Muslim armies threaten Christendom, and rebellion, treachery, and plague turn the lives of all into toys of Fortune. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. It is at once a moving human drama, a captivating detective story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue.
Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing for Scott Free and Damon and Affleck are producing through their Pearl Street. If the movie gets the green light, production is expected to start in 2020.