‘The Lost King’ first look: Movie tells the amazing true story of Richard III discovery

The first photos have been revealed for The Lost King.

From the director and writers of the Oscar-nominated Philomena, the new British movie is set to arrive in cinemas later this year.

It tells the remarkable true story of how one ‘ordinary’ woman overcame every obstacle to track down the final resting place of King Richard III – the last English king to die in battle – and give him an honourable burial.

Leading the cast of The Lost King is Golden Globe winning actress Sally Hawkins, best known for The Shape of Water and the Paddington movies.

She’ll be playing Philippa Langley, alongside Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie) as her husband, John Langley, and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady) as Richard III.

Coogan has also co-written the script with screenwriter Jeff Pope (Mrs Biggs, Cilla), while Stephen Frears (Victoria & Abdul) has directed the film.

Steve Coogan commented: “It’s been wonderful to reunite with Stephen and Jeff to bring this extraordinary story to cinemas. Philippa Langley’s passion, hard work and determination literally changed history, and we all felt it was important that her and Richard III’s story was told.”

Coinciding with the 10th Anniversary of the discovery of Richard III’s remains, The Lost King will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 7th October.

Watch the trailer:


The official synopsis reads: “In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester.

“The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics.

The Lost King is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England’s history.”

Watch two clips:



Sally Hawkins is expected to return in the much-anticipated third Paddington movie!

Paddington in Peru is currently filming in England ahead of its release next year.

Paddington is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.