The Last Duel Premiers at the Venice Film Festival


Kylo Ren and Jason Bourne come face to face in the historical drama film, The Last Duel. Well, not the characters, obviously. Although, that sort of history would have been amazing, no? We’re talking about the actors: Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

If you don’t know who these celebrities are, well, Matt Damon is obviously the face behind Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the Jason Bourne series. The award-winning actor brings along a kind of weight to every film that is unparallel. Also, he is rocking a sleek mullet in The Last Duel, a fact that has got everyone buzzing.

Adam Driver, on the other side of the duel, is obviously Kylo Ren from the Star Wars franchise. The extremely gifted actor is also well known for playing a supporting role in BlacKkKlansman and for portraying Adam Sackler in the hit HBO series, Girls.

The Last Duel is being directed by the legendary director, Ridley Scott. He is the man behind classics like Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Rather recently, in 2015, he got nominated for an Oscar for directing The Martian, a film that also saw Matt Damon as its lead.

The screenplay has been written by the Oscar-winning writing duo of Damon and Ben Affleck, the latter of whom plays a supporting role in the movie. Based on the book of the same name by Eric Jager, the story revolves around the last legal duel in France.

The trial by combat was between knight, Jean de Carrouges (played by Damon), and his squire and friend, Jacques Le Gris (played by Driver), after Jean’s wife accuses Jacques of raping her. The wife is played the talented and beautiful, Jodie Comer. It’s nice seeing the Killing Eve actress getting the spotlight among the A-Lister cast.

Comer’s role in the movie is more than just some damsel in distress. Her character, Marguerite de Thibouville, is often considered as one of the strongest women in history who defied a nation and stood against the patriarchy.

These emotions, along with the rich medieval atmosphere, have all been amazingly conveyed in the trailer for the film which we can all agree is riveting and electric, right? Finally, a big-budget historical film!

This bigger budget has also allowed those action-packed sequences that make the trailers so very exhilarating, and we are so pleased to announce that those sequences were choreographed and coordinated using our very own team of Irish stunt performers, Total Stunts.

Most productions in Europe book our elite stunt performers from Dublin to help bring their action scripts to life. From budgeting to delivering the stunts, we ensure that your penned scenes are brought to life with 100% safety and 100% realism.

This is ensured thanks to the professionalism and skill of each and every member of Total Stunts who is hand-picked by our stunt co-ordinator, Joe Condren. He is part of the esteemed group of stunt performers who have had a World Taurus Stunt Award to their name.

Joe was part of the team responsible for coordinating the famous bus flip scene from Colin Farrell & Cillian Murphy’s crime film, Intermission, and he has continuously been revolutionizing the stunt performing industry since.

Talking about this industry, Total Stunts works in close contact with other teams of Irish stunt performers like Belfast based Media Entertainment and the German based stunt group, Double Action. The cohesion between the parties ensures that your productions have ready access to the best technology and manpower in the industry when you book stunt performers in Ireland. 

Other organizations that we work hand in hand with include Equine Stunts and Total Armoury. The former, as the name suggests, is all about horses. With the help of their rich breeds and supportive trainers, we were able to bring the trained stunt horses to the big screen.

The latter provides equipment and training for medieval armor and weaponry. The shiny plates and elegant longswords that you see in our films are thanks in part to Total Armoury’s efforts and cooperation.

The medieval equipment and sword and lance stunts of The Last Duel might be suitable for the story’s era. However, this doesn’t mean that we do not delve into modern action. So even if you need to book stunt performers in Ireland to keep your cast safe during gunfight sequences or require drivers for elaborate car chases, Total Stunts has got you covered.

Our vision has always been to make stunts, no matter how big or small, more accessible in productions. Trust us when we say that the script that you think contains scenes that are “too ambitious” can become a possibility.  It can become something just as grand as The Last Duel so think big and, get in touch with us now! If you watched The Last Duel, we would love to hear your thoughts on the movie and its action sequences. Get in touch with our social media accounts and let’s talk about it!

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