With The Kid Who Would Be King, Attack the Block director Joe Cornish has returned with a modern take on Arthurian legend. Here, young Alex (Ashbourne Serkis — yes, son of Andy Serkis) thinks he’s just a nobody until he stumbles across Excaliber (as you do), and is pulled into a world of action and adventure, where he must ally with his friends and Merlin (Patrick Stewart) to defeat the evil witch Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).
In the first trailer, the movie looks like a really fun, quirky, and ultimately triumphant Arthurian take. It’s the kind of cute kid’s adventure film that — when done right — we could really use more of. (Enough with the dark origin tales). It’s also a testament to the enduring nature of this particular legend, since it has of course been adapted again and again, yet continues to be interesting and compelling. (If you’re a fan of Arthurian tales and have not read The Once and Future King by the way, you must!) And its macro theme — of a country divided, and without a leader — continues to be relevant.
Check out the trailer below; the film opens March 1, 2019.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.