Warner Bros. Pictures has released a first look at Jude Law as the villain Vortigern in the Guy Ritchie-directed “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” a revisionist take on Arthurian lore. There’s also a new shot of Charlie Hunnam as Arthur himself.
EW reports that in the film, Vortigern possesses magical abilities and is the murderer of Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), and usurper of the throne. Talking about what makes his version different, 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. 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.”
The 6th century King Arthur defended Britain against Saxon invaders with Thomas Mallory’s 1485 compilation “Le Morte d’Arthur” to serve as the basis for the film, the first of an ambitious saga that could potentially span six films. Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Djimon Honsou also star in the film which boasts a script by Joby Harold and is set to open in cinemas on February 17th 2017.