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Netflix's Damsel Release Date, Cast, Plot, Teaser Trailer And More Details

Millie Bobby Brown is certainly no stranger to genre fare. After all, the actress earned international acclaim in the sci-fi/horror series "Stranger Things," where she portrayed the telepathic El. Since then, she's made a name for herself in monster movies like "Godzilla vs. Kong" and in mystery flicks like "Enola Homes." She's even starring in an upcoming post-apocalyptic tale of man and machines with "The Electric State."

And now, Brown has set her sights on a brand new genre — fantasy. Yep, Brown is heading to a world of fairy tales with "Damsel," a movie that promises to turn the tired old "damsel in distress" trope on its head. But when exactly will "Damsel" be released, which notable names will star alongside the young actress, and where can we watch Millie Bobby Brown's latest action-packed project? Well, grab your broadsword and prepare yourself for an epic adventure as we discuss everything you need to know about "Damsel."

When will Damsel be released?

There are several A-list stars who've formed a solid relationship with Netflix. Adam Sandler signed a deal with the company in 2014, which has given way to titles like "Hubie Halloween" and "Murder Mystery." Ryan Reynold is also pretty chummy with the studio, having starred in projects like "The Adam Project," "6 Underground," and "Red Notice." However, Millie Bobby Brown's career got started on Netflix with "Stranger Things," and in addition to playing in five seasons of the '80s-infused series, she's also worked on two "Enola Holmes" films with the streamer.

Now, Brown will keep the Netflix streak going strong with "Damsel." But when will the fantasy tale hit the site? Well, originally, the fairy tale was going to work its magic on October 13, 2023. However the fantastical adventure has now been shuffled back, which we're assuming was due to the now-concluded actors' strike. Fortunately, we've got some really good news for all you, Millie Bobby Brown fans. "Damsel" will now hit Netflix on March 8, 2024.

What is the plot of Damsel?

Classic fairy tales all share some similar tropes. You often see the wicked queen, you might wander through some enchanted woods, and you'll frequently encounter a knight in shining armor. And, of course, you've got your damsel in distress — the poor princess who couldn't possibly save herself. We're talking Sleeping Beauty, we're talking Snow White ... but we're not talking Princess Elodie.

No, Princess Elodie is perfectly capable of rescuing herself from danger — something she'll be forced to do in "Damsel." The story finds the princess agreeing to marry a handsome prince, but that's when things take a dark turn. According to the official logline, after accepting the prince's hand in marriage, she finds "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."

Who is starring in Damsel?

It should come as no surprise that Millie Bobby Brown is starring as Princess Elodie, the young woman who's forced to pick up her sword and become a dragon-slayer, but who will be joining her in this tale of swords and scaly beasts? Well, Angela Bassett of "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" will star as Lady Bayford, Elodie's stepmother. Nick Robinson of "Love, Simon" has also joined the cast, apparently as Prince Henry — the royal who's supposedly going to marry Elodie ... until we learn what's really in store for our protagonist.

The cast will also include veteran actors Robin Wright and Ray Winstone. Wright has to be an intentional bit of meta casting, as she famously played damsel-in-distress Buttercup in the very winky, tongue-in-cheek comedy classic "The Princess Bride." And while Winstone is best known for playing scary gangster types, he's also worked on fantasy movies like "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Wright will play the evil queen luring Elodie to her doom, although we're unsure who Winstone is portraying at this moment.

Additionally, we'll see the likes of Brooke Carter and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Carter is a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, although she's appeared in shows such as "The Alienist" and "The Peripheral." Aghdashloo, however, has been in the business for quite a while, starring in everything from the recent horror-comedy "Renfield" to the 2003 melodrama "House of Sand and Fog."

Who is writing, directing, and producing Damsel?

In addition to starring in "Damsel," Millie Bobby Brown will be serving as executive producer with Zack Roth, Chris Castaldi, and Dan Mazeau. The last name is incredibly important to these fairy tale proceedings, as Mazeau is also the one who penned the screenplay. This isn't the first time that Mazeau has written a fantasy script, as he was the scribe behind 2012's "Wrath of the Titans." He also loves to inject action scenes with a whole lot of adrenaline, as he also wrote the screenplay for 2023's "Fast X."

As for who's directing, those duties have gone to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (pictured), who first started getting major attention after earning an Oscar nomination for best short film with the Spanish-language "Esposados." Since then, he's helmed thrillers such as "Intact" and "Intruders," but he's definitely most famous for directing the zombie flick "28 Weeks Later," the undead follow-up to Danny Boyle's classic "28 Days Later."

Is there a trailer for Damsel?

Set to Timber Timbre's "Run From Me," the teaser for "Damsel" shows Princess Elodie in a pretty precarious situation. We see her trapped in a cave, using her wits and limited resources to escape the dragon lurking in the shadows. We then flashback to earlier in the movie, where Elodie arrives in the kingdom and meets her malicious mother-in-law. "For generations," the queen tells her, "it has been our task to protect our people. So tonight, you join a long line of women who have helped to build this kingdom. The price is dear, but so too the reward." Of course, Elodie has no interest in winding up lunch, and the trailer ends with the titular damsel picking up a sword and preparing to carve herself up a dragon.