and Elevated Films
announced today that acclaimed actor Ben Foster
has been cast as the lead in director Petr Jákl
’s historical action drama Medieval. Jákl wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Cassian Elwes
. The film will be produced with the support of private investors and many Czech state institutions and regions, including the Czech Film Fund, the Prague Film Fund
, Creative Europe – Media
and others. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this fall in Prague and the surrounding Czech countryside.
The film is inspired by the origin story of the legendary 14th century warlord Jan Zizka
of Trocnov (Foster), who along with his band of mercenaries became entangled with an heiress and battled a rival King in a struggle for equality for the Czech people.
Foster is best known for his roles in Hell Or High Water, 3:10 To Yuma, The Messenger and Alpha Dog.