Thursday, 11 September 2014

Charlie Hunnam in line to play King Arthur

With Idris Elba (Prometheus) already circling a role, it looks as though Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) King Arthur and his valiant Knights could well be cancelling an apocalypse or two, with news that Ritchie has picked Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) to play Arthur himself.





No contracts have been signed as yet, so it appears Hunnam is by no means a lock for the role, but it certainly sounds like the sort of thing he could do well after years of sitting at tables with modern-day knights. Even if they were actually criminal road warriors riding metal steeds into battle in TV's Sons Of Anarchy.

It seems the film is currently called Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur, and Warner Bros is hoping that it will spawn a fresh franchise that spans over six planned films, sprung from the brains of Ritchie and Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold, who wrote this initial script.

If Hunnam does indeed lock in a deal, he could well be reuniting with Elba, his Pacific Rim (2013) co-star. The once and future Luther is wanted to play Bedivere, who in many versions of Arthurian legend is a noble and loyal member of the King's knights. In Ritchie's take, Bedivere is apparently an older, wiser warrior and right-hand man to Arthur's father, who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny.

Warner Bros are looking to get the film on screen for 22 July 2016.

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