The Princess takes the well-worn deity of a powerful princess who wants out of an organized marriage and is making it through to its fullest potential. King is known for her rom-com trilogy The Kissing Booth, and this was certainly a new twist of film for her. She taught Polygon how to wield a sword, throw a punch, and recover after taking a hit.
The more severe it was, the more severe it was, but the more satisfying it was in the end, King says. I did everything that I thought I would never do.
The film is full of intense fight scenes involving swords and fire, whips and ropes. Sometimes the princess fights alongside her enigmatic trainer, Linh (Veronica Ngo), and sometimes she encounters her enemies alone. However, one differs from King's staircase sequences: a hallway sequence where the princess faces enemy after enemy in a cruel attack. The King compared it to the famous hallway fight scene from Park Chan-wooks Oldboy, especially when it comes to endurance.
For reference, this preview video includes quite a few excerpts from the sequence.
I think this was absolutely the most costly undertaking of the whole film, King writes. It was the one that took the most prep, the most time, and the most training, and that no matter what choreography were working on on any given day, was a beast. But I am completely relieved that I got to do it. Everything was choreographed exactly to where, when we all got in there and performed it. It was wreaking. It was exhausting.
The Princess is now streaming on Hulu and on Disney Plus in certain non-US territories.