Fans of Braveheart – which are legion among Gen X men – are about to see the sequel that they never thought they’d get. Too bad most of them will never have a chance to catch it on the big screen.

This fall, Netflix will release Outlaw King, the story of Robert The Bruce (played by Angus Macfadyen in Mel Gibson‘s 1995 Best Picture winner), the Scottish nobleman who took up the fight for independence from William Wallace. Braveheart ends with that transition between the two, and Outlaw King looks to pickup where that left off.

As exciting as that is, the star and director raise the expectations considerably.

Director David Mackenzie re-teams with his Hell Or High Water lead Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, the Star Trek reboot), with Pine taking on the mantle of the Scottish revolutionary. If this duo can translate the depth and power of their previous neo-Western into a classic old school epic, the results should exhilarating.

But putting a huge damper on the whole thing is that it’s produced by Netflix, so that “in select theaters” tease at the end of the trailer will likely only translate into a bare minimum of screens in New York and LA, enough to fulfill Oscar-qualifying demands.

For the rest of us, however, this big story will be limited to the small screen, a prospect that really gets under my kilt.

Co-starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), and James Cosmo (Braveheart, but playing a different role here), Outlaw King opens on Netflix and “in select theaters” *cough* on November 9, 2018.


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