A MAJOR new movie about Robert the Bruce, directed by David Mackenzie, is to be the opening film of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.
Outlaw King, which is backed by Netflix and stars Chris Pine, will be premiered at the annual festival in Canada on September 6.
Creative Scotland, which gave £1m to the film, said it is the biggest feature film to be made in Scotland to date.
A description of the film, produced by Gillian Berrie, supplied to the press says it tells the “untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England.”
It adds: “Despite grave consequences, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies an impassioned group of men to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales.”
The film will launch on Netflix on 9 November this year.
n his own statement, Mackenzie revealed his delight in Outlaw King being the first Scottish film to ever open TIFF.
“Scotland and Canada’s histories are bound together,” he said, “forged in the crucible of the struggles of history… we are really looking forward to spreading some Scottish goodwill to the great city of Toronto.”