Beta Cinema, Free Turn Films and Tempo Productions have teased us with the first look of William Tell. The epic story of the legendary crossbow-wielding warrior, with the feature film starting it’s principal photography in Italy last week.
The film stars Claes Bang as the titular 14th-century hero directed by Nick Hamm.
Hamm commented on his film “Tell’s story has a relevance and immediacy that is strikingly contemporary. The Apple Scene in particular has gripped the world’s imagination for hundreds of years and yet has never been dramatized in modern cinema. As a filmmaker I couldn’t ask for a more exceptional cast to bring this story to life.”
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The screenplay is written by Nick Hamm, adapted from Friedrich Schiller’s world renowned classical play. The narrative unfolds in the 14th Century amidst the waning days of the Holy Roman Empire where Europe’s nations fiercely vie for supremacy and the ambitious Austrians, desiring more land, encroach upon Switzerland, a serene and pastoral nation.
Amidst this backdrop, William Tell, a formerly peaceful hunter, finds himself forced to take action as his family and homeland come under dire threat from the oppressive Austrian King and his ruthless warlords. Leading his fellow countrymen, Tell embarks on a courageous rebellion, seeking to defend their liberty and stand against the tyrannical forces that seek to subjugate them.
The rest of the cast for this one includes Connor Swindells, Ellie Bamber, Golshifteh Farahani, Jonah Hauer-King, Rafe Spall, Emily Beecham, Jonathan Pryce and Ben Kingsley.
No release date for William Tell has been mentioned yet.