‘Robert the Bruce’ Skipping Theaters, Heads to Digital April 24

Screen Media has canceled the upcoming theatrical release of the docudrama Robert the Bruce and will instead release the film through digital platforms and video-on-demand April 24.

The film is something of an unofficial sequel to Braveheart, picking up the story of Scottish king Robert the Bruce and his fight to free Scotland from English rule. Angus Macfadyen, who played Robert the Bruce in Braveheart in 1995, reprises the role and also co-wrote the film.

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The story finds Robert the Bruce injured in battle and hiding out from the English army. He is nursed back to health by a widow and her family, who risk their lives for the hope of a free Scotland in defiance of their clan, which is pledged to support England.

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The film coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when Robert the Bruce declared Scotland a free land. It’s also the the 25th anniversary of Braveheart.

Screen Media is a division of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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