So we’re getting another King Arthur adaptation – this time with director Guy Ritchie at the helm. Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam has already been cast as King Arthur and his Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba will play Arthur’s right-hand man and mentor, Sir Bedivere.
Several actresses including Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones were in contention for the role of Queen Guinevere, Arthur’s young lover and later wife who eventually betrays him by secretly having an affair with one of the Knights of the Round Table – Sir Lancelot. Reports are now saying that Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has been cast.
There’s been quite a few Arthurian TV shows as of late, with BBC’s Merlin ending in December of 2012 and Starz’s more racy version Camelot getting canceled after just one season. Lancelot even made an appearance on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, with African-American actor Sinqua Walls in the role.
The last cinematic adaptation we had of the Arthurian legend was 2004’s King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Clive Owen as Arthur, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as Guinevere – and that garnered a mostly negative reception from critics and audiences alike.
Ritchie’s unique directing style could potentially make this King Arthur a hit. He did a good job of breathing new life into his adaptation of Sherlock Holmes in 2009.
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is scheduled for release on July 22, 2016. Warner Bros. is producing.