Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’ Gets a First Trailer

The Last Duel - Matt Damon

The Last Duel, Ridley Scott’s upcoming historical drama, has released its first trailer.


It’s been a while since we first saw set pictures from the legendary filmmaker’s return to historical films. It was one of the largest productions to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, with Disney halting the shoot from early March to September. That, of course, meant pushing the release date, which ended up landing on October 15, 2021, almost a year later than originally planned. Ridley Scott is lightning fast when it comes to production and post, but Disney wants this one to have a proper shot at glory in the awards circuit.


The first trailer (and poster) finally arrived yesterday via 20th Century Studios’ social media and YouTube accounts, and the film looks as thrilling and gorgeous as expected. Dariusz Wolski’s cinematography is particularly stunning here:



The Last Duel tells the story of the last officially recognized judicial duel fought in France — a trial by combat in which the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) fought the squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), who had been accused of raping Jean’s wife Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer). It’s based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager. Ben Affleck (who also stars as Count Pierre d’Alençon) and Matt Damon teamed up again, alongside Nicole Holofcener (The Land of Steady Habits), to crack the script.


Somehow, this will be the first of two Ridley Scott-directed films to be released during this year’s fall season, as House of Gucci (also starring Adam Driver) will open just a month later, on November 24 — six days before the tireless British filmmaker celebrates his 84th birthday. Wowzers.