Guy Ritchie is taking a crack at one of the most rehashed legends of all time, King Arthur. There are almost as many movies done about King Arthur as there are for Sherlock Holmes. What makes this one different? Ritchie and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), who plays King Arthur, tell us why Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is different, along with the first official images of Hunnam as Arthur. Just look at that picture above.. I do believe I feel the vapors coming over me.king-arthur-ew-1374-cover_456x612

Director Guy Ritchie says:

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 Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.

Charlie Hunnam had this to say about his character and what makes him different from other King Arthurs we’ve seen before:

He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler. He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.

Will this be enough to draw a fanbase to the movie and the box office? Ritchie is planning for this to be a six film franchise. This movie won’t shy away from some of the magical aspects of the legend, giant snakes, huge war elephants, and something called The Nemisis, a large viking like creature will be in the film.

Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur hits theater screens July 22nd, 2016. The same weekend as Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot. Whether that will help or hurt KOTR:KA is unclear, because I just can’t bring myself to believe that angry Ghostbusters fans will boycott the Ghostbusters reboot by boosting KOTR:KA‘s box office.

I can’t help but feel this should have been a HBO style series on television.

On a side note, can someone tell me why I keep hearing 70’s porn music in my head when I look at that picture of Hunnam on the boat?

Via: Entertainment Weekly

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