Director: Ridley Scott
Co-Stars: Orlando Bloom, Edward Norton, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Marton Csokas, Ghassan Massoud
Written by: William Monahan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating: Rated R
The story opens as Balian (Orlando Bloom), a young French blacksmith, is mourning the loss of his wife and young son. It is then that Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a highly regarded baron to the King of Jerusalem deeply committed to keeping peace in the Holy Land, comes in search of the grieving Balian, his illegitimate son. Balian relents against his sorrow and chooses to join Godfrey on his sacred mission. Upon his father’s untimely death, Balian inherits a land and a title of his own in Jerusalem, a city in which Christians, Muslims and Jews have managed to achieve a peaceful co-existence during this brief interlude of truce between the 2nd and 3rd Crusades. The year is 1186.
Sworn to uphold a noble oath and bound by unshakeable integrity, Balian finds himself in a strange new land, serving a doomed king and drawn to the king’s enigmatic sister, Princess Sibylla (Eva Green). It is in Jerusalem that he rises to become the most honorable and heroic of knights, and ultimately must protect its people from overwhelming forces.
Promo Shots and Movie Stills
DVD Featurette: Theatrical Trailer
DVD Featurette: Interactive Production Grid: The Cast
DVD Featurette: The History Channel’s “History vs. Hollywood: Kingdom of Heaven”
DVD Featurette: A&E’s “Movie Real: Kingdom of Heaven”
Deleted Love Scene
Deleted Scene: Sibylla and Her Son
Director’s Cut: Sibylla’s Extended/Deleted Scenes
Director’s Cut: Photo Gallery
Director’s Cut: Posters
Director’s Cut: Rehearsals
Director’s Cut: Deleted Scenes
Clips & Featurettes
Cast Featurette Captures
Movie Clip: I Offer You The World
Movie Clip: I Am Unpredictable
Movie Clip: Sibylla & King Baldwin IV
Eva Green Interview
MTV: Making The Movie
International Trailer Captures
Exclusive Online Trailer
TV Spot #001
TV Spot #002
Available on: DVD and Blu-Ray –both in Theatrical and Director’s Cut versions
On how she got the role of Sibylla
“It was a long, tough process – five or six auditions. The first was in London with a casting director and I had to learn two monologues of the character. Then I met with Ridley [Scott] in his office and I was completely paralysed because of who he was. I didn’t want to sound too French and didn’t know what he was looking for. Then there was no news, no news, no news. Then another screen test at Pinewood Studios where all the costumes and the actors were. Then another screen test to convince them that I could be more regal and like a queen.”
On her character Sibylla
“The character of Sibylla is quite nebulous, we don’t know too much about her. She was madly in love with Guy de Lusignan, the baddie in the movie, and everyone was warning her not to marry him because he was such a moron. Then she put the crown on his head, and there were disastrous consequences for the kingdom. We also know that she had a child who died at 8 years old, though we don’t know how. But I didn’t build my character from the history, it was more on the script.”
“She was a Queen and it was quite hard because she had to maintain this public mask, but she was also a woman and she found life quite difficult with this duality in her life.”
“Sibylla suffers from numerous frustrations. She’s a heroine, not a potiche.”
On the difference between the Theatrical Release and Director’s Cut of her character Sibylla’s storyline
“There’s another version of the movie that will be released later, it was like three hours and a few minutes so we had to cut the movie and now it’s more focused on the relationship between the Christians & the Muslims, it’s more focused on the men.”
“First of all it was a too long script so they had to make compromises, the love story might’ve been too long and the son story might’ve been too long also. It will exist though, and my character is extremely different in the other version – she’s more complex. I’m happy it exists and I’m very proud that it’s not going to be locked away.”
“Well, in the second version of the movie, I have a son who is about eight years old and that is a big thing. To me, it is the most beautiful side of the character because she is afflicted by something terrible and he is a leper like his uncle and she is very concerned about everything. It becomes like a tragedy so, therefore, I have a lot of scenes with Tiberius discussing that with him and the relationship with my husband is more complex. Of course, you can’t make a four-hour movie, so we had to cut some stuff.”
Eva’s character Sibylla
“There will be a day when you will wish you had done a little evil to do a greater good.”
“Call it treason. And kill those who whisper it.”
“How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it? Jerusalem is dead, Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I will go to hell instead.”
“We are what we do.”
“Do you fear being with me?”
“A woman in my place has two faces; one for the world, and one which she wears in private. With you I’ll be only Sibylla.”
“Tiberias thinks me unpredictable. I am unpredictable.”
Production Trivia & Facts
Kingdom of Heaven is Eva’s third period film.
Is an American-British-Spanish-German-Moroccan co-production.
Has a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes (Theatrical Release), 3 hours and 10 minutes (Director’s Cut), 3 hours and 14 minutes (Director’s Cut Roadshow).
Eva performed two of Sibylla’s monologues during her first audition for Kingdom of Heaven.
The first scene that Eva shot with Edward Norton is Baldwin’s death scene.
Marlène Jobert (Eva’s mother) went with Eva in Morocco when Kingdom Of Heaven was filming. She wrote her stories in the bedroom and Eva met her at night after the day’s filming where they would bond and she would help Eva practice her lines.
“Vide Cor Meum”, written by Patrick Cassidy and sung by Danielle de Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti; it is based on a sonnet from Book III of Dante Alighieri’s The New Life (1295).
In the Director’s Cut, Sibylla tells her son, soon to be Baldwin V, in his geography lesson, that the King of England is Richard, the son of King Henry. Richard I did not succeed his father until 1189, three years after the death of Baldwin V.
All the shields were produced from the same moulds and are all the same, right down to the dents and arrow holes.
Michael Sheen auditioned for the role of King Baldwin IV, brother of Sibylla, but instead was cast as Priest. As of 2014, Eva and Michael now have their own shows on the USA cable network Showtime. Eva plays Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (2014) and Michael as Dr. William Masters in Masters Of Sex (2013).
Eva was originally cast for the role of Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005) but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Kingdom Of Heaven (2005). She was replaced by Rachel Weisz who eventually won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role during the 78th Annual Academy Awards ceremony (2006).
Awards & Nominations
European Film Awards (2005)
Won (Audience Award)
Best European Actor – Orlando Bloom
International Film Music Critics Award (2005)
Nominated (IFMCA Award)
Best Original Score for an Action/Adeventure Film – Harry Gregson-Williams
Satellite Awards (2005)
Won (Satellite Award)
Outstanding Original Score – Harry Gregson-Williams
Nominated (Satellite Award)
Outstanding Actor In A Supporting Role, Drama – Edward Norton
Outstanding Visual Effects – Tom Wood
Outstanding Art Direction & Production Design – Arthur Max
Outstanding Costume Design – Janty Yates
Teen Choice Awards (2005)
Nominated (Teen Choice Award)
Choice Movie: Action Adventure
Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/Thriller – Orlando Bloom
Choice Movie Love Scene – Eva Green and Orlando Bloom (Balian and Sibylla kiss)
Choice Movie Liplock – Eva Green and Orlando Bloom
Goya Awards (2006)
Best Costume Design (Mejor Diseño de Vestuario) – Janty Yates
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA (2006)
Nominated (Golden Reel Award)
Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Foreign
Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Music
Visual Effects Society Awards (2006)
Won (VES Award)
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture