From producer and world famous actor Antonio Banderas comes the 3D animated action-adventure Justin and the Knights of Valour.
At London’s May Fair Hotel for the premiere of the movie, Banderas told the Belfast Telegraph that he was bitten by the animation bug while working on Shrek and the spin-off movie Puss in Boots. Justin and the Knights of Valour was ten years in the making after being approached by the creators around 2003.
The film follows Justin (Freddie Highmore) who lives in a kingdom where bureaucrats rule and knights have been ousted. His dream is to be become one of the Knights of Valour, like his grandfather was, but his father Reginald (Alfred Molina), the chief counsel to the Queen (Olivia Williams), wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer.
After an inspiring visit to his beloved Grandmother (Julie Walters) and bidding farewell to his supposed lady-love Lara (Tamsin Egerton), Justin leaves home and embarks on a quest to become a knight. Along the way he meets the beautiful, feisty Talia (Saoirse Ronan), a quirky wizard called Melquiades (David Walliams), the handsome Sir Clorex (Antonio Banderas) and is mentored by three monks; Blucher (James Cosmo), Legantir (Charles Dance) and Braulio (Barry Humphries), who teach and test him in the ancient ways of the Knights of Valour.
An unlikely candidate for knighthood, Justin must rise to the challenge quickly when banished former knight Sir Heraclio (Mark Strong) and his army, lead by Sota (Rupert Everett), return and threaten to destroy the Kingdom.
Justin and the Knights of Valour is being met with some mixed reviews so far, however, Rotten Tomatoes reports a nearly 90%“want to see” rating. The Spanish film is presented in English and is set to release in the UK on September 13th, 2013 and September 16th, 2013 in Spain. No word yet on a North American release date.