Casting Call: Braveheart
In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.
Once again, one instance of historical revisionism is to be revised by another, as news of a Braveheart television series broke last week. The 1995 film earned Mel Gibson an Academy Award for directing, revived the historical epic in film, and reawakened Scottish nationalism. Men in skirts are coming back, as producers shop Wallace, a television series based on the Scottish patriot William Wallace and the years of and leading up to his confrontation with King Edward I of England, affectionately nicknamed “Longshanks.” With audiences clearly exhausted of modernity, the Braveheart remake comes on the heals of successful medieval fantasies Game of Thrones and Spartacus.
The Eleventh Hour scribe Mick Davis will serve as lead writer for the series. In terms of casting, we need a group with a demonstrated commitment to historical drama, patient dialect coaches, and a strong stomach given the popularity of public disembowelment as punishment in 13th-century Scotland.
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