A few months ago it appeared as though Idris Elba was going to play a “Merlin-esque figure” in director Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming epic Knights of the Round Table (formerly known as King Arthur). That’s obviously no longer the case since Djimon Hounsou is now said to be close to taking the role. He would join Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and probably Jude Law in the long gestating project.
Maybe if they get this right they can make it the six film spectacle that Ritchie, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow seem keen on giving us, even though one has to question the public’s appetite for these medieval epics. Perhaps the upcoming Seventh Son (in which Hounsou also appears), will give us an indicator of that appetite (though if that flops it may just be because, by all appearances so far, it looks like a bad movie). Hit the jump for more on Djimon Hounsou in Knights of the Round Table.
Variety broke the news of Hounsou’s involvement and mentions that he’s currently in talks, which is pretty much the same state of affairs for Jude Law’s deal was the last we’d heard.
Knights of the Round Table was written by Joby Harold who is also producing the film alongside Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. Hounsou will next be seen in Furious 7. Apparently plot details for this film are being kept “under wraps” but I don’t imagine it’s that radically different from what we’ve come to know from the tale.