Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch) has kicked off the start of his production for Knights of the Round Table by releasing a photo (via. Twitter) of him and actor Charlie Hunnam. The reimagining of the King Arthur story looks to have a “gritty” feel to it, which is not surprising when considering the director’s previous work.
I’m not as excited as others might be as far as Hunnam playing the King Arthur character. I’ve only seen a handful of random episodes of S.O.A. (f*ck me right?) and I’m apparently one of the few people who wasn’t impressed with Pacific Rim, although Hunnam wasn’t the problem. I’m a fan of Guy Ritchie, so I’m looking forward to seeing what his style brings to the King Arthur story. The director has also stated this will be the first in a planned six film franchise, so a lot will be riding on the success of this film.
The supporting cast is strong with Jude Law as Vortigern (the film’s villain), Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere (a magician/Arthur’s mentor), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere (a member of the resistance and possible romantic interest for Arthur), and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon (Arthur’s Father and former King of Britain).
Synopsis for Knights of the Round Table.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium [sic] with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.
The film will release on July 22, 2016