“The story of fifteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.”
Director: Petr Jákl
Writers: Petr Jákl, Petr Jakl Sr., Marek Dobes
Staring: Ben Foster, Sophie Lowe, Michael Caine, Til Schweiger,
Release Date: January 19, 2007
My first genuine thought is…how have I never heard of Medieval (2022)?
Based of the true story of Jan Zizka (Ben Foster), a man who is famous in Czech history for taking on the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire. In full transparency, have I hard of this man ever? No, I have not. Doing a bit of reading, it would appear that Zizka never lost a battle that he commanded, so I am curious how they will create stakes for the seemingly insurmountable man. Based on the trailer above, it would appear that Zizka is recruited to the fight by Lord Boresh (Michael Caine). Beyond that…not really entirely sure.
Also, RADICAL gnarly fact here about Jan Zizka. After he died, he asked that he have his skin removed from his body and made into a drum so he could continue to inspire his troops to victory following his death.
Medieval is directed by Petr Jákl, who is still relatively new to the directing world. This is movie is only his third directing experience, with his other two movies being Ghoul (2015) and Kajínek 2010). His first film, Kajínek, is like Medieval in that it is based off the history of the Czech Republic. Probably a good omen because his 2010 debut was much more well received than Ghoul. Jákl has been an actor in a few movies that people will recognize, XXX (2002), Eurotrip (2004), and Alien vs. Predator (2004). He has not acted in anything since 2013 according to IMDB.com.
Jákl is not a part of this cast, but it is the first time he gets to work with a strong cast as a director. Ben Foster plays the lead character of Jan Zizka and is continuing his trend of picking small independent productions that get quasi-positive reviews rather than exploding on the blockbuster screens. The last major motion picture he was in that grossed over 100 millions was Lone Survivor (2013), and his last to crack the 30 million domestic was the woefully underwhelming Inferno (2016).
Medieval also stares Sir Michael Caine as Lord Boresh. You are telling me that I get to hear his soothing voice while also getting some medieval violence and Czech Republic scenery? I will take that any day of the week. However, looking at his IMDB now, I see that Now You See Me 3 has been announced which means I have watch it and hate on it. To Michal Phillips who may be reading this…I still have not forgiven you for liking Now You See Me 2 (2016).
The movie is expected to be released in the United States sometime in the year 2022.
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