An upcoming adaption from screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness) Thomas Becket was Henry II’s boon companion and political lieutenant, notably in the king’s struggle to curb the power of the clergy. When the Archbishop of Canterbury died Henry forced Becket, much against his will, to take his place. Becket told the king: ‘If I become archbishop I shall cease to be your friend,’ and his first act as archbishop was to give up his mistresses and sell his horses and rich clothes. He, who with Henry had fought the Church for the good of the state, now felt responsible for the honour of God. The conflict between the king and Becket was inevitable, and was followed, just as inevitably, by murder and remorse.