Metro International Acquires 'Braveheart' Sequel 'Robert the Bruce' to Distribute Globally

Those familiar with Chris Pine in Netflix's Outlaw King might be interested at to learn about another film, Robert the Bruce, is also based on the Scottish legend.

Metro International Acquires 'Braveheart' Sequel 'Robert the Bruce' to Distribute Globally

Metro International acquired rights to distribute Robert the Bruce globally, according to Deadline. The film stars Angus Macfadyen, who reprises his role he helped make famous in the 1996 Mel Gibson film, Braveheart. As Robert the Bruce, he befriended William Wallace (Gibson) and ended up betraying him in the end.

The historical-drama takes place several years after the events of Braveheart where exploring the lost months during a long, harsh winter when Robert, injured and pursued across the Highlands by his enemies, takes shelter with the steely Morag (Anna Hutchinson) and her fearless children. Restored to health and spurred on by this humble family's resilience and courage, Bruce finally finds the resolve to rally his people and lead his country to hard-fought independence.

"Robert the Bruce rose from the ashes of his former self and became a hero who gave Scotland its independence. But he fought for the commonwealth of the land, held by none but its people. Not his wealth, not his land. And he never slept in a castle again. He became one with the land and nature. A lesson we need to learn with great urgency, today. I can't wait for audiences around the world to see it."
–Angus Macfayden

Angus Macfayden as Robert the Bruce
Credit: Metro International

Directed by Richard Gray, Macfayden co-wrote the film with Eric Belgau and stars Macfayden, Hutchinson, Jared Harris, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, Gabriel Bateman, Talitha Eliana-Batemam, Emma Kenney, and Kevin McNally.

Will Machin, Metro International CEO showed his fondness for Braveheart and the Netflix film.

"We're big fans of this genre and having loved Braveheart and more recently Netflix' Outlaw King, we're delighted to bring this beautifully shot film to the marketplace, which tells an unknown piece of the story about an historical legend who continues to capture imaginations over 700 years later"
–Will Machin

Can't attest how accurate Robert the Bruce will be, but there were many historical inaccuracies in Braveheart despite its popularity. Robert did far more for Scottish independence than depicted in the first film. The 2018 Netflix original has no ties to Braveheart, but it's intriguing to see what builds off into Robert the Bruce after 23 years.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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