Chris Pine to Play Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ With David Mackenzie Directing

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Chris Pine is in talks to star as Scottish King Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s period drama “Outlaw King” with Ben Foster in talks to co-star.

Pine’s “Hell or High Water” helmer David Mackenzie is directing the pic from a script he is writing.

Sigma Films’ Gillian Berrie is producing with Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin.

Bruce was first profiled as the Scottish royal in Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” who, after betraying William Wallace and allowing the British to capture the rebel leader, would go on to fight the British for Scotland’s freedom following Wallace’s death.


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In this version, Bruce will take center stage and include not only his fight against the British, but also the Catholic Church over the idea of a free country.

Following “Hell or High Water,” which overachieved at the box office and would go on to receive a best picture Oscar nomination, Mackenzie has taken his time in finding his next feature film. He was at one point on a shortlist to replace Antoine Fuqua as director of Universal’s new “Scarface” film but would eventually take his name out of the running.

Pine and Foster played brothers in the 2016 Western.

He is repped by UTA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Ste says:

    Whomever wrote this seriously needs to have done a bit more research! Robert the Bruce did not fight against the “British”. There was no such thing during this time period! It was Scotland and England. Oh, and just to clarify, Scots are just as British as the English. England and Britain / English and British are two completely different things. At least get the most basic of facts right.

  2. Elan says:

    This is exciting! I’m glad he will be shooting in August because Scotland is really cold! Good luck!

  3. timmywarner says:

    I hope they do a good job of this. I have read the Nigel Tranter trilogy several times and Bruce is probably my favourite historical hero apart from Jesus. Naturally, it would be very hard to cover the whole Tranter epic of the story but I’d be hard-pressed to know what to edit.

  4. They were not ‘British’ they were English

  5. Deanna Buchholz says:

    Can’t wait for the new Robert the Bruce movie
    With Chris Pine!

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