Though he was unsuccessful in snagging the services of Idris Elba to once again mentor Charlie Hunnam – this time in King Arthur instead of Pacific Rim (2013) – Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) is looking to replace him, with Variety reporting that Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) currently in talks for a role.
If he does make a deal, Hounsou will take the part that is reportedly a version of Bedivere, who is credited in many of the interpretations of Arthurian legend as a noble and loyal member of the King's knights. In Ritchie's take – which features a script by Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold – he's apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur's father who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny.
The film finds Hunnam growing into his role as Arthur, with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere, and Ritchies Sherlock Holmes collaborator Jude Law in talks as the unspecified villain of at least the first film. Warner Bros is hoping that this can kick off a six-film series that lets the story unfurl across the franchise.
Hounsou already has plenty of films on the horizon, including Fast And Furious 7, which squeals in on 3 April. Before that, and in keeping with the numerical theme, he'll be seen in fantasy adventure Seventh Son, due 27 March after a raft of release dates have come and gone. And on an even bigger scale, he has a prime role in David Yates' (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows)
Tarzan, which doesn't have a set UK date, but should arrive on screens in 2016.