A new re-imagining of the Arthurian legend is in the works by director Guy Ritchie. Though the film has a release date of Summer 2016, Entertainment Weekly recently gave us a first look into Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as the legendary King Arthur.
The film pulls inspiration mostly from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur but will surely stray from the 15th century text. Depth will be added to the character of Arthur, about which director Guy Ritchie states,
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland …The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Warsbecause he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.” (source)
An ambitious six film franchise is set for Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table and the films have a solid cast lined up with Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon, Astrid Gerbes-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, (the film’s wizard/ Merlin figure), and Jude Law as Vortigern (the film’s villain).