Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Coming Soon: Outlaw King

27/08/18

Director David Mackenzie makes his return to Scotland following the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water with the ambitious, historical epic Outlaw King. The film will open the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ahead of its Netflix release on November 9th.

Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King

Mackenzie reteams with his Hell or High Water star, Chris Pine, for the David v Goliath story of the War for Scottish Independence with Pine playing legendary warrior, Robert the Bruce. The film follows Robert the Bruce who, after being crowned King of Scotland, is forced into exile by the English and leads a band of outlaws to help him reclaim the throne.

Principal photography began in August 2017 with a reported £85m budget, making it one of the largest films to be shot entirely in Scotland. Coming only months after Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War wrapped production, Outlaw King would contribute to the £16.1m in economic impact reported for the Edinburgh city region in 2017.

Matt Jones, Supervising Location Manager for Outlaw King said: “That Edinburgh is able to host this scale of production is a real credit to the city, and I have to say that we felt supported every step of the way by the City Council and its film office Film Edinburgh who went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to facilitate our requirements".

Outlaw King filming at Craigmillar Castle

Outlaw King spent seven days filming in Edinburgh but there was over a month of preparation during which the production team built a medieval village around Craigmillar Castle. The castle, which also features in Outlander season 3, appears prominently in the trailer released by steaming giant Netflix. Scenes were also shot at Seacliff Beach in East Lothian.

Outlaw King had its world premiere as the opening film of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, and will open worldwide on streaming service Netflix, November 9th.

A medieval village was created at Craigmillar Castle

Mackenzie, co-founder of Scottish production company Sigma Films, is no stranger to filming in the Edinburgh city region. His adaptation of Alexander Trocchi’s novel, Young Adam, starring Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton and Peter Mullan filmed along the Union Canal from Edinburgh to Falkirk, and on Gullane Beach in East Lothian.

Mackenzie's 2007 adaptation of Peter Jinks’ Hallam Foe was shot on location in Edinburgh (Caledonian Hotel, Cockburn Street, City Art Centre) and on an estate in the Innerleithen valley in the Scottish Borders.

Following the critically acclaimed prison drama, Starred Up, Mackenzie directed Hell or High Water which earned four Oscar nominations including Best Picture as well as a Best Original Screenplay nod for Taylor Sheridan’s script.

Outlaw King is released on Netflix - 9th of November 2018