CELEBRI­TIES Cha­la­met: Be­com­ing ‘The King’ ter­ri­fy­ing

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VENICE, Italy — Ti­mothee Cha­la­met is al­ready one of the most ac­claimed young ac­tors work­ing today, but he says that the prospect of play­ing young Henry V in “The King” was ter­ri­fy­ing.

“It was a real chal­lenge for me,” Cha­la­met said at the Venice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, where the film is hav­ing its world premiere. “It was ter­ri­fy­ing at the same time but I had an amaz­ing time.”

He was drawn to the project sim­ply be­cause he was out of his wheel­house. The 23-year-old has been nom­i­nated for an Os­car, but he’s never done stunts, worked with swords or played a role quite like this.

The film is drawn from Shakespear­e’s “Henry V” as well as “Henry IV” parts one and two. The film fol­lows young Henry, or Hal, from his drunken days in Eastcheap to his early days as King of Eng­land, a po­si­tion he never wanted and takes re­luc­tantly when his fa­ther, Henry IV (Ben Men­del­sohn), dies.

“The King” is play­ing out of com­pe­ti­tion at Venice, and is one of three Net­flix films, in­clud­ing “The Laun­dro­mat” and “Mar­riage Story” mak­ing their de­but on the Lido. It will open in the­aters Oct. 11, be­fore hit­ting Net­flix on Nov. 1.

Cha­la­met, mean­while, also has “Lit­tle Women” com­ing to the­aters this Christ­mas, re­unit­ing him with his “Lady Bird” di­rec­tor Greta Ger­wig.

“I’m re­ally try­ing to just do great projects and things that are chal­leng­ing,” Cha­la­met said. “I feel I’m re­ally still learn­ing and try­ing to chase what­ever best ver­sion of an ac­tor I can be.”

ARTHUR MOLA/INVISION

Ti­mothee Cha­la­met at the premiere of “The King” in Venice, Italy, on Mon­day.

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