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'The King's Daughter': release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

The King's Daughter stars Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario
(Image credit: Lightstream Pictures Australia)

The King's Daughter is a new film set for release early next year and stars James Bond legend Pierce Brosnan and Skins star Kaya Scodelario in the two leading roles, King Louis XIV and Marie-Josephe D'Alember. 

The film is based on the 1997 novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, with the screenplay written by She's the One producer James Schamus. It's directed by Hoovey producer Sean McNamara.

In addition to this, Julie Andrews will narrate the film. Director Sean McNamara said: "I’m so excited for the North American audience to see The King’s Daughter in theaters this January.

"There is only one Julie Andrews and she has blessed audiences around the globe with her lovely voice and amazing storytelling. Please join her as she narrates our story of the mythical mermaid who lives in the fountains of Versailles."

Here's everything you need to know about one of the big new movies in 2022...

'The King’s Daughter' release date

The film will be available in US cinemas from January 21, 2022. It was actually filmed in 2014, but is finally getting a release next year!

What is the plot?

The official plot is: "King Louis XIV's (Brosnan) quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid's (Fan) life force, but his immovable will is challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature."

Who's in the cast?

Here's who joins Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario in The King's Daughter cast...

  • Benjamin Walker as Yves De La Croix
  • William Hurt as Pere La Chaise
  • Bingbing Fan as Mermaid
  • Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Jean-Michel Lintillac
  • Pablo Schreiber as Dr. Labarthe

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a trailer for The King's Daughter is available now. In it, we see Marie-Josephe D'Alember leaving her home to meet her estranged father, King Louis XIV. While there, she navigates a life she's never really known and also befriends a mermaid, causing complications for the king!

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.