Robert the Bruce movie set to be filmed in town
Filming for a new movie about Robert the Bruce is rumoured to be coming to Berwick next month.
The Netflix release, Outlaw King, features Hollywood star Chris Pine in the lead role and Ben Foster as James Douglas.
The two actors recently played two brothers in the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water from David Mackenzie, who is also directing the new movie.
Filming got under way at Linlithgow Palace last month, with scenes due to be shot at locations across the country.
It is believed several road closures are planned in Berwick when filming takes place in the early part of next month, including the Old Bridge, although this has not yet been confirmed by Northumberland County Council.
A poster for the feature film describes it as: ‘A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th century Scottish Outlaw King Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.’
The action takes place over the extraordinary year of 1306 when Robert the Bruce fights to regain control after being crowned King of Scots, only to be defeated in a surprise attack and made an outlaw by the English king and his forces.
Berwick was pivotal in those times. At Berwick Castle in 1292, Robert the Bruce’s claim to the Crown of Scotland was declined and the decision in favour of John Baliol was given by King Edward I.
Following the decisive Scots’ victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the Scots had recovered all their strongholds, with the exception of Berwick. In 1317, King Robert Bruce attempted a siege of Berwick, then in 1318 a raid led by Sir James Douglas took the town after a fight. King Robert arrived with an army, and after an 11-week siege, the castle garrison capitulated due to a lack of supplies and Berwick was re-established as Scottish.
The film is expected to be released on Netflix next year.