King Arthur has found his father. Filmmaker Guy Ritchie is currently preparing to begin production on the long-developing Knights of the Round Table later this year, and Variety reports that he’s set Eric Bana to play the father of King Arthur in the pic. Charlie Hunnam is already onboard as Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere, Dijimon Hounsou in talks to play Merlin, and Jude Law in negotiations to take on the role of the pic’s villain.
The Warner Bros. adventure pic is the first in a planned six-film franchise that Ritchie has envisioned, so a lot will be riding on the success of Knights of the Round Table. Ritchie is working from a script by Joby Harold and already has a release date of July 22, 2016 staked out.
Additionally, filming is now underway in New Mexico on Tina Fey’s untitled next film (which was previously called The Taliban Shuffle), and Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton have been added to the cast. Based on the autobiography of Kim Barker, Fey stars as a journalist who is thrust into post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan where she grows a fondness for the two countries.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Focus helmers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are directing the Paramount comedy/drama from a script by Fey’s 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock. The impressive ensemble also includes Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Sheila Vand, Stephen Peacocke, and Evan Jonigkeit.