The Lost King: Release date, plot, cast and everything we know

The lost king is an upcoming film that tells the extraordinary story of how an amateur historian called Philippa Langley fought against thick and thin to organize the search for the famous King of England Richard III, whose remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester.

The comedy-drama reunites the creative team behind the hit film Philomene, with director Stephen Frears and writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, while Sally Hawkins, Harry Lloyd and Steve take on the lead roles.

Steve said: “It was wonderful to reunite with Stephen and Jeff to bring this extraordinary story to cinema. Philippa Langley’s passion, hard work and determination literally changed history, and we all thought it was important that her story and that of Richard III be told.

Here’s everything we know about The lost king…

When will The Lost King be released?

The lost king will be in UK cinemas on Friday 7th October 2022. We don’t have a US release date yet.

What happens in The Lost King?

The BBC creators say of the plot: “In 2012, after being lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered under a car park in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose relentless research had been met with incomprehension by friends and family and with skepticism by experts and scholars.

The lost king is the true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who clashed with the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think back to one of the most controversial kings in English history.”

Sally Hawkins as Philippa Langley with Knights on Horseback

Philippa’s theories have been questioned by experts. (Image credit: Pathé UK)

Who is part of the cast of The Lost King?

The lost king features an all-star cast with Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (The shape of water) as Philippa Langley, Steve Coogan (Stan and Ollie) like her husband, John Langley and Harry Lloyd (The theory of everything) as Richard III.

Other names among the actors are James Fleet, John-Paul Hurley, Phoebe Pryce, Benjamin Scanlan, James Rottger and more.

Who was Richard III?

Richard III was King of England from 1483 to 1485 and was often portrayed as a ruthless and bloodthirsty tyrant in literature – most famously by Shakespeare – and film.

He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth at the age of 32, which was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses.

A groundbreaking discovery was made in 2012 when his remains were found under a car park in Leicester and has since uncovered new research into the medieval king.

Is there a trailer?

There’s currently no trailer for this movie, but we’ll update this guide as soon as it’s released!