King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword is getting closer, and it looks very Snatch by the tone of the new trailer. Thus, here we are, considering what to expect from the Arthurian legend getting the typical Guy Ritchie treatment.
The good folks at Empire (via The List) recently had the chance to sit down with Guy Ritchie and chat about his new take on the Arthurian legend, and he offered an intriguing insight, suggesting his film finds the best way to make Arthur likable is to make him “naughty.”
“If you’re not careful, he’s worthy. And once someone’s worthy they’re not likeable. So we had to create a character naughty enough for us to like him and simultaneously have him go on a journey that makes him respectable.”
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Trailer
We’ve had several looks at footage from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword over the last few months, and here’s the latest. This is definitely a Guy Ritchie movie.
Here are some earlier ones…
A slightly amended official synopsis arrived with this (you can see the original down below), too…
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
Here’s some earlier footage…
And here was our first look, all the way back from San Diego Comic Con, of Arthur preparing for a little donneybrook.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Release Date
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will drop on May 17, 2017.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Story Details
The story synopsis continues to change as this film has evolved in its production, however Deadline ran a pretty detailed synopsis of the film based on studio notes in March 2015, that still seems the most accurate:
“[It’s] a bold new story that introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur. Instantly challenged by the sword’s power, 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 murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king.”
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Cast and Crew
Featuring an eclectic assembly of talent, this version of King Arthur is most notable for its combination of director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, The Lost City of Z) as Arthur. Clearly a more roudy, small time crook version of the man who would be king, this will not be your professor’s King Arthur. They are also working from a screenplay by Joby Harold (who will go on to write Robin Hood: Origins as well).
The film also features Jude Law as the villainous Vortirgern and Eric Bana as Arthur’s ill-fated papa, Uther Pendragon. Curiously, none of the rest of the cast is officially slated to play either major knights or ladies in King Arthur’s court, which leads us to wonder if any of them will have last-minute name reveals, as if hey were in a Daniel Craig-era Bond movie. That is unclear, however, Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors, Annabelle) will be playing Maid Maggie and Katie McGrath (Merlin, Jurassic World) has been cast as Elsa. Most curious of all is Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean 4, I Origins) is clearly playing her credited role of “Mage.” If you don’t believe me, check out her demonic eyes in the trailer. This is curious since Berges-Frisbey had previously been reported to play Guinevere.
The film also stars Aidan Gillen, Djimon Hounsou, Michael McElhatton, Hermione Corfield, Eline Powell, and a most-likely cameoing David Beckham.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Poster