The Gentlemen movie vs TV show: Is the Netflix series related to the film?

The Gentleman is the slick new Netflix drama centred around the secret lives of the super-rich, telling the story of a young aristocrat who unexpectedly inherits his family’s fortune – and its drug empire. 

After its release in early March, The Gentleman shot straight to the top of the Netflix UK chart. You may recognise the name of the series from Guy Richie’s 2019 film of the same name, which boasted an all-star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant. But while the premise of the Netflix show is somewhat similar, giving viewers an insight into the darker underbelly of high society life, the characters are completely different. 

In the reboot, we meet Eddie Horniman, the Duke of Halstead and estranged son of an English aristocrat, played by The White Lotus star Theo James, who quickly becomes connected to career criminal Bobby Glass, played by Ray Winstone, and his fierce (both in her wardrobe and her nature) daughter Susie Glass, played by former Skins actor Kaya Scodelario. The relationship between the male and female lead is, let’s say, complex, so much so it’s left many asking the question ‘do Eddie Horniman and Susie Glass get together?’ 

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Kaya Scodelario in The Gentlemen

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The popularity of The Gentleman has put Guy Richie’s original movie in the spotlight, with viewers questioning how much of Netflix’s The Gentlemen is based on the original film, as well as whether Guy Ritchie directed the new series. 

Is Netflix’s The Gentleman based on the film? 

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The Gentlemen 2019 film starring Colin Farrel and Charlie Hunnam

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Yes and no – there’s no easy answer to this one. Guy Richie’s original film depicted the same world where the Netflix series is set, but the plot and characters are entirely new. It’s also not clear how the time scale operates, exactly. It’s been five years since the original film landed, but that’s not to say that this is mirrored in the new series.