Medieval Release Date
Released in select theatres on Friday, September 9, Medieval will be available to stream on video on demand (VOD) services beginning October 31.
What is Medieval about?
We’ve already established that the narrative of Jan ika, a ruthless Czech military commander, serves as inspiration for Medieval.
According to the official synopsis, Medieval is about: “One of the greatest fighters ever was named Jan ika. After the death of its reigning emperor, the Holy Roman Empire is sliding into anarchy while fighting brothers King Wenceslas of Czech and King Sigismund of Hungary battle for control of the empty throne. Daring and virtuous mercenary commander Jan Žižka (Ben Foster) is hired by Lord Boresh (Michael Caine) to kidnap the powerful Lord Rosenberg’s (Til Schweiger) fiancée, Lady Katherine (Sophie Lowe), to prevent Rosenberg’s ascension to power alongside the corrupt King Sigismund.
Jan falls for Katherine because of her bravery and selflessness as she becomes embroiled in a deadly political game between rival rulers. In a heroic attempt to release her, he fights back with a rebel army to confront the corruption, greed, and betrayal rampant amongst those grasping for control. Jan now recognises that the fate of the Empire will be decided by his love for Lady Katherine and that his fate doesn’t lay in the hands of Kings, but in the hands of his own people.”
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Who is in the Medieval cast?
We cannot overstate how great the cast of Medieval is. Ben Foster stars as Jan ika, who is sent by Lord Boresh (Michael Caine) to rescue Lady Katherine (Sophie Lowe of Above Suspicion) from her fiancé, Lord Rosenberg (Til Schweiger of Inglourious Basterds).
Plenty of other celebs will soon be joining them. King Sigismund of Hungary, played by Matthew Goode (The Offer, The Imitation Game), will be at battle with his brother, King Wenceslas of Czech (Karel Roden), over the vacant crown.
William Moseley (The Royals) and Roland Mller (Atomic Blonde, Skyscraper) round out the cast as Jaroslav and Torak, respectively.
The film’s story unfolds toward the end of the 14th century, when Wenceslaus IV was both Bohemian monarch and Roman emperor. Wenceslas has succeeded his father, Charles IV, on the throne, but his leadership has not been as effective, and the kingdom is in disarray. Henry III of Rosenberg, the most powerful nobleman in the land, relentlessly seizing the estates of lesser nobility until one of them begins to put up resistance. The heroic young man is the mercenary and knight Jan ika, who will one day head the Hussite army.
Ika wants revenge after Rosenberg slaughtered virtually his entire family. Rosenberg’s fiancee Katherine falls for the warrior and gives him the text message exchange between Rosenberg and the League of Lords’ plot to overthrow the monarch. The League is able to kidnap the king despite the fact that their plan has been exposed. Wenceslas is let free by the king’s soldiers, but only after he agrees to a humiliating settlement. That leaves ika with a choice: give up the struggle for justice and advance in the royal court, or continue fighting while being alone and unsupported.
Yes! We get a taste of the troubled world we’ll be thrust into in Medieval thanks to the trailer’s harsh depiction of it. You’ll get to watch lots of action, including battles and political manoeuvring, and find out why Lord Boresh sent Jan on his perilous expedition. Read on to find out more: