Yesterday we got our first look at director Guy Ritchie’s currently untitled King Arthur movie by way of a set image revealing Charlie Hunnam as the central figure, and now Warner Bros. has offered a closer look at the sweeping fantasy action adventure by way of a synopsis. Previously referred to as Knights of the Round Table (though Warner Bros.’ press release doesn’t mention a title), Ritchie’s take on the classic story features “a streetwise young Arthur,” which explains the rugged look of Hunnam’s character, and revolves around him claiming his destiny in the face of touch choices. The official synopsis is as follows:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) plays Guinevere, while Jude Law fills the villainous role of Vortigern. The cast also includes Eric Bana as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon (amazing name), Djimon Hounsou as Resistance leader Bedivere, and Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) as the aptly named Goosefat Bill.
Ritchie is working from a script by Joby Harold and, as previously mentioned, this is envisioned as the first in a potential 6-film franchise. Behind the scenes, Ritchie is reuniting with cinematographer John Mathieson (Gladiator, Robin Hood), with whom Ritchie worked for the first time on the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Production will take place primarily at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in London, with some on location work in Wales and Scotland. The pic is set for release on July 22, 2016.