Millie Bobby Brown Will Be a Self Rescuing 'Damsel' This March

Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie returning to the castle in tatters in Damsel.

Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. 

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Since becoming Netflix's first breakout star in Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown has been steering her own career to play the type of heroine she wants to see on the screen. While that is not as rare as one might think for women in the industry, especially for women over the age of 35, for a star to start taking control before turning 16 (and a female star at that) is unusual. Her latest is a self-rescuing princess sold into marriage, believing her biggest problem will be siring a male heir. Little does she know the groom's family actually wants her to sacrifice to a dragon.  

Brown's choice to play the types of roles she wants to see has been a smart move, as it turns out the characters she wants to play are the same type of characters other girls her age want to watch. Her Enola Holmes franchise of films has been wildly successful for Netflix since it first debuted in the fall of 2020. Stranger Things continues to be the streaming service's flagship series. 

Now Damsel looks to be a brand new subsection of the fantasy genre she's about to dominate as a sword-wielding, ballgown-wearing, dragon-slaying, butt-kicking princess who doesn't need anyone to rescue her, thank you very much. At this rate, Netflix might as well simply give her carte blanche to keep making whatever she wants. Check out the trailer.

Here's the film's logline:

A dutiful damsel agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to find the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon, she must rely on her wits and will to survive.

Brown is joined by a cast that includes Angela Bassett (Black Panther), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Ray Winstone (The Gentlemen), Nick Robinson (Love Victor), Brooke Carter (The Irregulars), and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Elementary).

The film is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and written by Dan Mazeau (Fast X); Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Chris Castaldi, and Morgan Bushe produce, with Emily Wolfe co-producing. Millie Bobby Brown is executive producer, along with Robert Brown for PCMA Productions, Mark Bomback, Mazeau, Zack Roth, and Sue Baden-Powell.

Damsel arrives on Netflix on Friday, March 8, 2024.


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