While it seemed like Warner Bros.’ production of Arthur & Lancelot was finally on track with Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) set to star as Lancelot, the actor has reportedly pulled out due to scheduling issues. The troubled picture by writer/director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) has gone through a spate of casting issues as of late and was recently put on hold by the studio citing budgetary issues. Previously circulating actors include Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Marion Cotillard (Inception). The studio is reportedly eager to finalize a cast and we should be hearing more news on that front shortly. Hit the jump for more on the troubles of Arthur & Lancelot.
Deadline reported Farrell’s departure from Arthur & Lancelot. Apparently the action-oriented role of Lancelot requires a lot of training that didn’t add up with Farrell’s timetable. The script for Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. purchased from Dobkin last year for $2 million, is a reimagining of Arthurian legend. See what Dobkin has to say about it below:
“I pulled the legend apart. I only kept a few things. I kept certain characters, I recreated the entire launch of the legend and why it starts the way that it starts, I don’t want to give away too much but it’s always had a flaw. I pulled the flaws out, I reinvented the characters as grounded characters. I took a much more realistic and grounded approach towards everybody, you know why would this character be this way and why would this character be that way? You know Arthur’s superpower is compassion and vision. I will tell you this, the whole thing is wrapped around the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.”
Characters that have been confirmed so far include Arthur and Lancelot (obviously), along with Merlin and Morgan la Fey. Here’s hoping they get their act together because I’m a big fan of the source material and would love to see Dobkin’s take on it.