First Look: Tristan & Isolde
Release Date: January 13, 2006
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Screenwriter: Dean Georgaris
Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David Patrick O'Hara,
Mark Strong, Henry Cavill, Bronagh Gallagher, Dexter Fletcher
Synopsis: After the fall of Rome, the warlords of England are brutally
kept in line by the forces of Irish King Donnchadh. One of these leaders,
Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell) seeks to unite the English tribes to form one
strong nation to rule itself. His greatest knight is Tristan (James Franco),
whom Marke raised since he was orphaned in an Irish attack that also took
Marke's family. With Tristan by his side, Marke believes he can unify
his people and rid England of Irish rule. But Tristan harbors a terrible
Wounded and left for dead after battle, he is nursed back to health by
Isolde (Sophia Myles), a mysterious Irish beauty who hides him from her
father, King Donnchadh's, forces and brings him back to life. But their
passionate affair is cut short when Tristan must return to England, not
knowing if he will see Isolde again.
Still seeking to throw the English tribes back into chaos, King Donnchadh
gives away his daughter as the prize in a tournament between all the champions
of England. Tristan wins the princess' hand for Lord Marke, whose vision
of a united England may finally be realized.
Tristan is horrified to see that the woman he has won for his Lord, the
woman whom Marke will marry, is his Irish savior Isolde. Worse, Marke
is a good and worthy future king, whose belief in Tristan has made the
young knight who he is.
First separated by countries at war, and now by loyalty to King and country,
Tristan and Isolde must suppress their emotions for the sake of peace
and the future of England. But the more they deny their passion, the more
fiercely it burns. Despite their efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde
are driven inexorably together, risking everything for one last moment
in each other's arms.