Matthew Goode has joined the cast of historical epic Medieval, which is currently shooting in and around Prague and also stars Ben Foster, Til Schweiger, and Michael Caine.
Petr Jákl directs and produces the J.B.J Film and Elevated Films feature alongside Cassian Elwes, who represents US rights with UTA Independent Film Group. Highland Film Group is in talks with international buyers here. Double Tree Entertainment also produces.
Medieval, based on the legend of 14th century warlord Jan Zizka of Trocnov (Foster), a brilliant Hussite commander and former mercenary regarded by the Czechs as a national hero.
Zizka and his band of men become bound up with the fate of an heiress and battle a rival king to establish equality for the Czech people.
Goode, whose credits include The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey, and The Crown, will portray King Sigismund of Hungary and Croatia, the brother of Czech King Wenceslaus, while Caine is Wenceslaus’ right-hand man Lord Boresh, and Schweiger is Rosenberg, the wealthiest lord in the land.
The film is being produced with the support of private investors and a number of Czech state institutions and regions, including the Czech Film Fund, the Prague Film Fund, Creative Europe – Media and others.
Additional support for the production comes from the Middle Bohemia Region, the Capital city of Prague, and the president of the senate of parliament of the Czech Republic.
Highland’s AFM sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness with Alexandra Daddario; and Shawn Ku’s action thriller A Score To Settle starring Nicolas Cage.