Hollywood is once again dipping their oars into the Lady of the Lake’s waters to bring us yet another look at the Arthurian legends. This time around Warner Bros. has put Guy Ritchie in the director’s seat to bring us what they hope to be a six movie franchise Knights of the Round Table. Now we’ve got our first look at the franchise lead Charlie Hunnam in costume.
Here’s the tweet from Ritchie:
First day on KORT. pic.twitter.com/JPv8esPDnu
— Guy Ritchie (@realguyritchie) March 10, 2015
Principle shooting has begun and Hunnam, who’s playing King Arthur is all medieval-ed out in leather and furs. There’s no crown on his head yet, but we all know that’s coming. Here’s the official synopsis:
The bold new story 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—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.
So Hunnam is switching his biker leathers for medieval leathers, his Sons of Anarchy gun for a sword named Excalibur. I’d make that trade, Excalibur is a sweet looking sword.
Hunnam is joined by quite a few well-known names, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) plays Guinevere; Jude Law plays Vortigern, the murderous villain-king; Eric Bana plays Uther Pendragon, father to Arthur; along with Djimon Hounsou as the resistance leader Bedivere; and Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill.
How all those characters will play out in this updated look at the King Arthur legend is still a little murky, but from the synopsis, I imagine at first the movie will be more grounded in a reality without all the magic and supernatural doings. Don’t get me wrong, there will be a Merlin, but I don’t think he’ll be doing any real magic, that is until Arthur puts his hands on Excalibur, then all bets are off.
What do you think of the synopsis?