Battle for Scotland!
Chris Pine plays a 14th-century Scottish hero…
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
‘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