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June 21st, 2018

Your Highness Red Band Trailer

Today’s a good day for trailers. First the trailer for Green Lantern and now Your Highness, in which David Gordon Green directs a vulgar medieval buddy comedy starring Danny McBride and James Franco. Oh, and Natalie Portman, Zoe Deschanel and Justin Theroux, as if the first two weren’t enough.

Synopsis: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil.  But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general.  Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world—Your Highness.  As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed.

Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people.  Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens.  But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off.

Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess.  Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)—an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own—the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna.  If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land.  Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.

The trailer, clearly cut for the lowest common denominator (see: unfunny pratfall), has all the things that Lord of the Rings was missing: wanton vulgarity, Danny McBride and Danny McBride affecting an English accent. I’m so in.

Also, did anyone watch George Washington or All the Real Girls and ever expect David Gordon Green to one day direct an expensive fantasy comedy?


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