In the archaeological find of a century, the remains of King Richard III — presumed scattered over 500 years ago — were discovered under a parking lot in Leicester in 2012. The search was spearheaded by amateur historian Philippa Langley, whose passion and unrelenting research were met with skepticism by the academic establishment. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (THE SHAPE OF WATER, SPENCER) as Langley, THE LOST KING is the inspiring true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and took on Britain’s most eminent historians, forcing them to rethink the legacy of one of the most controversial rulers in English history. A tale of discovery, obsession, and stolen glory (both then and now), THE LOST KING is a magical adventure illuminated by one woman’s awakened sense of purpose.
Starlight Room favorite Steve Coogan (PHILOMENA, THE TRIP) produced, wrote, and co-stars in this inspiring true story. Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL).
PG-13, 1h 49m.
"Stephen Frears’s direction is agile, sly and entertaining as ever. Like all his films, it’s innately subversive of authority, sympathetic to the outsider, relishing peculiarity." – New Statesman
"THE LOST KING is an underdog story that proves a perfect vehicle for Hawkins’s reliably winning screen presence." – Observer (UK)
"A warm, wryly amusing account of a real-life story, a crowd-pleasing portrait of the kind of enthusiastic amateur who proves enduringly popular with British cinema; and, indeed, British audiences." – Screen International
"The performances are impeccable, and this story of a lost King proves to be a riveting yarn." – The Australian