Paul Giamatti Will Be King

September 18, 2009

Paul Giamatti is going to play King John in the medieval film Ironclad. In case you slept through all your English history courses, John is the king who ham-handedly managed England and its French territories while his older brother, Richard the Lionheart, fought for the Holy Land during the third Crusade. This is going to be Anglo-Saxontastic!

Variety hits us up with some of the details:

Scripted by Erick Kastel and English, the drama pits a member of the formidable Knights Templar (Purefoy) and his "Magnificent Seven" cohorts who defend Rochester Castle against King John and his army in 13th century England.

James Purefoy, who stars in the soon-to-be-released Solomon Kane, will also star in Ironclad. This has all the makings of a great historical epic, could it be the next Braveheart?

There aren't enough details at this point to really know what exactly we're going to get with this film, but the history of England is rich with murder, betrayal, intrigue and war. For the history buffs out there, the Magna Carta (written in 1215 and arguably the first constitution ever written) was put together by barons who had had it up to here with King John and all the privileges he was taking for granted and all the ill-advised wars he was getting entangled in.

Suffice it to say there's plenty of material here for a very violent, intense depiction of England. We already know that Giamatti can rock the historical bio-pic after his portrayal of John Adams. Now we get to see him do for England what he did for America.

The only question that remains is: are they going to let Giamatti bellow, "Freeeeedom"? Don't hold your breath on that one.

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