Guy Ritchie returns to cinemas next month with the dashing and well-dressed spy caper “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” but recently the man has been hard at work on his July 2016 film – “Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur”.
The first in a proposed series of films that will retell the Arthurian story, Charlie Hunnam takes on the title role of the 6th century king who is said to have defended Britain against Saxon invaders. Today, EW has posted the first official photos related to the film – a featured photo spread with Hunnam sporting his look in the film along with his sword Excalibur.
Ritchie says this version of Arthur is different from previous incarnations: “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…. [In this] 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 film will not go the way of the Clive Owen film and be fully grounded – rather it will incorporate minor fantasy elements of the story including a monstrous viking-like creature called The Nemesis and giant snakes and war elephants. Astrid Gerbes-Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana and Djimon Honsou also star.