The comedic drama The Duke will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Set in 1961, the film follows Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge — a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and, in so doing, saved his son (Fionn Whitehead) and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton (Helen Mirren).
The film was an official selection at the Telluride and Venice film festivals. Special features include a making-of featurette.
The Netflix original crime miniseries True Story, starring Kevin Hart as a comedian desperately searching for a way out after a night in Philadelphia with his brother (Wesley Snipes) threatens to sabotage more than his success, led all U.S. content consumed on the streamer through Nov. 29, according to FlixPatrol.com.
Other top-streamed TV shows, in order, included “Selling Sunset,” “Queen of Flow,” “Cowboy Bebop” and “Nisser.”
Mixed Martial Arts drama Bruised, from first-time director Halle Berry, finished atop Netflix’s most-streamed domestic movies. The movie topped A Castle for Christmas and Red Notice.
Globally, Red Notice remained the most-streamed movie, while South Korea’s “Hellbound” retained its No. 1 standing among episodic programming — ahead of True Story, “Arcane,” “Squid Game” and “Selling Sunset.”
Teagan Croft will star in the film True Spirit for Netflix.
It follows the true story of a 16-year-old Australian, who, in 2010, became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Watson accomplished what many thought impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of oceans and surviving seven knockdowns while at sea for 210 days.
Written by Sarah Spillane and Cathy Randall and directed by Spillane, the film is based on Watson’s best-selling memoir of the same name, and Watson will consult on the biopic.
“Jessica’s story has inspired me and is one that is universally inspiring, and I’m honored to be a part of telling it,” Croft said in a statement.