We get a first look at the beautiful Versailles in the first official trailer for Kaya Scodelario and Pierce Brosnan’s movie, The King’s Daughter.
The Trailer is a Work of Art
The King’s Daughter trailer dropped this morning, finally giving the movie a premiere date. The trailer centers on Kaya Scodelario’s character, Marie-Josèphe, as she leaves her foster home to join her father in “a lavish and glimmering hell.”
As she explores her new home, she comes across and bonds with a “creature in the water.” The trailer continues to follow her trying to save the mermaid from her father with the help of Yves de la Croix.
The costuming and setting are beautiful and make you feel like you were transported to the royal court in seventeenth-century France.
Who’s Starring in the Movie?
Kaya Scodelario will be starring in The King’s Daughter as the king’s illegitimate daughter, Marie-Josèphe. Scodelario is best known for her roles in the UK version of Skins and The Maze Runner series.
Pierce Brosnan will play Marie-Josèphe’s father, King Louis XIV. He is best known for his roles as James Bond in four Bond movies and Sam Carmichael in the Mamma Mia films.
King Louis XIV was known as the Sun King, who reigned over France from May 14, 1643 (when he was nine) until his death on September 1, 1715. He is still the longest-reigning monarch of a sovereign country in history, serving 72 hours and 110 days.
Benjamin Walker plays Yves de la Croix, Marie-Josèphe’s love interest. Walker is best known for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as the titular character.
The mermaid Scodelario’s character bonds with is portrayed by Fan Bingbing. Fan is a Chinese actress, model, and singer who played Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Other cast members include Rachel Griffiths, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Ireland, Pablo Schreiber, and Crystal Clarke. William Hurt also joined the cast as Père La Chaise, the father confessor of the King. Legendary actress Julie Andrews will narrate the movie.
The Movie Has Been in the Works for Years
The movie is based on Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 novel The Moon and The Sun. It revolves around King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality. However, his quest is derailed, and he is challenged when his daughter bonds with a mermaid. The book beat out A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin for the Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1997.
Filming started in early April 2014 in Versailles, France, before moving a couple weeks later to Melbourne, Australia. It was initially set to release in 2015, produced by Paramount. But it was pulled weeks before to fix the special effects for water sequences.
Since then, the rights bounced around until Gravitas Ventures caught them in October 2021. The film finished post-production, keeping the movie relatively the same from 2015, earlier this year. The King’s Daughter will release early next year on January 21, 2022.
The movie is directed by Sean McNamara with the screenplay written by Barry Berman and James Schamus.
The King’s Daughter already looks better than Brosnan’s recent fantasy movie, Amazon’s Cinderella.