Thanks to her starring roles as Eleven in Stranger Things and the title character in the Enola Holmes movies, Millie Bobby Brown has become one of Netflix's most bankable stars – and now she's starring in a brand new fantasy film on the streamer.


Damsel sees the young actress play a character named Princess Elodie, whose pending marriage to a handsome prince quickly goes badly wrong when she finds herself trapped in a cave with a terrifying fire-breathing dragon.

Having launched the first trailer for the film in February, Netflix recently released a full scene on its social media channels, teasing the wedding where everything goes wrong for poor Elodie as she is chucked into the cave by her new husband.

You can watch it below.

Brown is joined by a star-studded supporting cast for the film, with roles for Love Simon's Nick Robinson, The Gentlemen's Ray Winstone, Black Panther star Angela Bassett and The Princess Bride actress Robin Wright – the latter of whom spoke exclusively to about how the film upends some fairytale tropes.

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"[Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo] stepped out of the box with these two women, and I think it's a really good message for young girls," she said. "It's not a damsel in distress that's being rescued by somebody, it's self-survival."

Meanwhile, talking to Netflix about her role, Brown previously shared: "She’s a damsel who doesn’t need to be saved. She saves herself in many ways. It subverts what you expect: You’re expecting the prince to turn around and save her, and … no. Don’t wait for the prince."

But when will the film land? Here is everything you need to know about Netflix's Damsel.

Netflix’s Damsel release date

Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel standing in the light of one lightbulb hanging on a branch.
Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. John Wilson/Netflix

Damsel will hit streaming on Friday 8th March 2024

The film was originally set to release worldwide on Netflix on 13th October 2023, but was delayed at the end of last year.

Netflix previously shared a poster (below) for its Geeked Week showing Brown in character at the entrance of a cave, with the shadow of a dragon looming.

The poster shared that the film is "coming 2024".

Is there a trailer for Netflix’s Damsel?

Yes, Netflix has released the first trailer for the film, showing Brown in action as she marries Prince Henry only for him to chuck her into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon. Watch below:

Damsel plot: What is the Netflix film about?

Millie Bobby Brown stars as the damsel who doesn't need rescuing, as she fights to save herself from a dragon.

An official synopsis for the show reads: "After being sacrificed to a bloodthirsty dragon, a young damsel soon realises that no one is coming and that she must save herself."

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, known for films such as 28 Weeks Later and Esposados, previously said of the film: “It’s a thrilling adventure with a really dark twist to put you on the edge of your seat.

“As a filmmaker, one of the things I always want to do is surprise the audience with a new take on a story. Especially this kind of [traditional story] — we have to modernise those tales with new takes, more modern and real ways, to connect with the audience.”

Speaking about the script, he added: “What I really loved in the script from Dan Mazeau was embracing the idea of a fantasy adventure and a princess and dragon story, but taking it into a place [where] it’s completely upside down.

“It was a very intense journey that I was so excited to design and to develop. At the core, this is such a beautiful story about a young woman becoming a strong, independent, and empowered adult. Elodie doesn’t have any kind of support. It’s a real survival experience.”

Damsel premieres on Netflix on Friday 8th March. If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Film hub for all the latest news.


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