Bat­tle for Scot­land!

Chris Pine plays a 14th-cen­tury Scot­tish hero…

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The epic story of 14th-cen­tury no­ble­man-turned-King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce, and his quest to re­store sovereignty to Scot­land is told in this lav­ish one-off his­tor­i­cal drama.

Star Trek’s Chris Pine plays the swash­buck­ling Robert, who launches a re­bel­lion to re­claim the Scot­tish throne af­ter be­ing de­posed by King Ed­ward I of Eng­land (Game of Thrones star

Stephen Dil­lane).

Pri­mal el­e­ments

‘It’s a story all about power

– of who has power and why, all these kind of pri­mal el­e­ments,’ says Chris. ‘There’s fire, there’s sex, there’s killing, there’s vi­o­lence, there’s love, there’s all of it!’

The story be­gins with a hu­mil­i­ated Robert be­ing forced to sur­ren­der to King Ed­ward I and pushed into mar­ry­ing the King’s god­daugh­ter,

El­iz­a­beth de Burgh (The

Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl star

Florence Pugh). But he soon re­turns from ex­ile in Ire­land as the head of a small army of

Scots will­ing to bat­tle.

As his guerilla war against the English gath­ers pace, it all cul­mi­nates in a bloody bat­tle that sees 500 Scots face off against 3,000 English troops.

Look out for Bri­tish ac­tors Aaron Tay­lor-John­son as James Dou­glas and Billy Howle, who plays Robert’s neme­sis, the Prince of Wales – and be warned, it con­tains full-frontal nu­dity! ‘It was very cold and at the side of a ma­jor high­way, so not ex­actly the el­e­ments I’d choose my­self!’ Chris re­calls of his naked scene. ‘But you see a man who is bro­ken down and then built back up, and I thought it was im­por­tant. ‘Un­der­neath any prime min­is­ter and pres­i­dent and rul­ing leader we give power to is some­body who’s just an an­i­mal!’

North v south… King Ed­ward I Forced mar­riage… El­iz­a­beth de Burgh

Great Scot…Robert the Bruce (right) and his army

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