The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer: A Modern Twist on Arthurian Epics

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish’s long-awaited follow-up, The Kid Who Would Be King, puts a modern comedic spin on King Arthur.

The Kid Who Would Be King might, at first glance, seem like yet another genre film that transplants ancient lore into a modern setting, centering the drama on a less-than-prepared average protagonist. While that notion is accurate, the movie, nevertheless, has things to tout, notably that it’s the written/directorial follow-up film of Joe Cornish, whose last movie, 2011 sci-fi comedy Attack the Block, remains a cult classic that served as a major platform for current Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and got John Boyega cast in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer

The Kid Who Would Be King has released a new trailer.

Below is the first trailer, which arrived back in October.

The story centers on Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a preteen who’s navigating the social woes of school who, by chance finds and fatefully pulls the sword, Excalibur, amongst the broken concrete and rebar of a demolished building. With that act comes the responsibility of stopping Arthur’s ancient enemy, Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who – thanks to an imminent solar eclipse – will be able enter the world of the living and wreak havoc. Thus, with the help of a magically youthful Merlin (Angus Imrie) – who occasionally reverts to his older form (Patrick Stewart) – and some school friends, Alex is going to war with Morgana’s evil forces.

The Kid Who Would Be King is an intriguing starring run for young Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who is the son of motion-capture-acting legend and burgeoning director, Andy Serkis. He’s already banked appearances in things like the shelved-and-soon-to-be-released Benedict Cumberbatch/Michael Shannon historical drama, The Current War, BBC miniseries SS-GB, Tom Hardy FX thriller series, Taboo, movie sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The cast also consists of Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Dean Chaumoo, Skye Sammarchi and Denise Gough. Plus, Patrick Stewart will play Merlin in his true (elderly wizard) form.

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The Kid Who Would Be King Release Date

The Kid Who Would Be King arrives at theaters in the U.S. on January 25, 2019.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.