A new movie about Philippa Langley’s incredible search for King Richard III’s remains comes to life on the big screen in 2022.

The Lost King tells the remarkable true-life story of amateur historian Philippa Langley’s discovery of King Richard III’s long-lost remains in a Leicester City car park – despite opposition from family and friends and scepticism from experts and academics.

King Richard III was buried in Greyfriars in Leicester over 500 years ago following his death at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485.

The film, described as a comedy-drama, stars Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan and is produced by the same BAFTA-winning creative team behind the box office hit Philomena – director Stephen Frears and writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.

Pathé announced the world premiere of The Lost King will be at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The Lost King will premiere in British cinemas nationwide in October, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the discovery.

The Richard III Society has announced that the film, The Lost King, will screen in Australia and New Zealand on Boxing Day, 26 December 2022.

The film coincides with the tenth anniversary of the discovery in August 2012.

Hear more in our 12 August 2022 podcast including events at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.


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