We’ve known for a while that Guy Ritchie has been trying to get his version of King Arthur going (though perhaps not as the six feature films originally intended). Things got a bit more real last month when Idris Elba was cast as a “Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.” Now it appears as though they may have cast Arthur himself in the form of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy). In addition, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Martha Marcy May Marlene) is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead.
The film was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel. Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016. Hit the jump for more on Charlie Hunnam (and maybe Elizabeth Olsen) joining King Arthur.
Per Deadline, Hunnam is in “final negotiations” for the role. Ritchie seems high on him and this could be a good fit, considering that Hunnam has more charisma than most of Hollywood’s new crop of leading men. Variety is also reporting that Elizabeth Olsen is the “frontrunner for the female lead.” We’ll see how that shakes out. I like Olsen and think she’s a better actress than most of the material she’s been in recently, so if this is a good script I’m all for her lunging at it.
Ritchie previously developed a version of a King Arthur film with producer Lionel Wigram back in 2010, but the project (written by John Hodge) died when David Dobkin’s (now dead) competing film gained more traction.