First Look: Charlie Hunnam & Guy Ritchie on the 'Knights of the Round Table' Set

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:43 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Look: Charlie Hunnam & Guy Ritchie on the 'Knights of the Round Table' Set

Guy Ritchie's new movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. isn't even in theaters until this summer, but the director kicked off production on Knights of the Round Table this week, and the first photo of he and Charlie Hunnam on set proves it.

Warner Bros. has been trying to get an Arthurian adventure franchise up and running to fill the commercial void left by the end of the Harry Potter series.  The studio came this close to making Arthur & Lancelot a few years back, but got cold feet and pumped the brakes during pre-production.  Now, Knights of the Round Table is finally happening, and Warner Bros. is reportedly planning a a six-movie franchise.

Hunnam stars as none other than King Arthur in what might just be the first in a half-dozen sword-twirling medieval blockbusters.  The first set picture, revealed by Ritchie himself, suggests a gritty revisionist approach to the myth of Camelot (an approach that didn't work out too well for 2004's King Arthur), with a dirtied-down Sons of Anarchy star sporting a kilt.

The official boilerplate confirms as much, describing the story thusly:

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.

With no further ado, here's your first look at the "streetwise" Arthur and his director:

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, who played the main mermaid in the last Pirates of the Caribbean, stars alongside Hunnam as Guinevere, with Djimon Hounsou as Resistance leader Bedivere, Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger!) as Goosefat Bill, Eric Bana as Arthur's pop Uther Pendragon, and Ritchie's Watson Jude Law as the villainous Vortigern.

For a while there, Hunnam was to reunite with his Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba in Knights of the Round Table, but a deal couldn't be reached and Hounsou ended up with the role.

The script is by Joby Harold.  Ritchie produces alongside his Sherlock Holmes producers Lionel Wigram and Steve Clark-Hall, along with Harold, Tory Tunnel, and Steve Clark-HallBruce Berman and David Dobkin, who would've directed Arthur & Lancelot, are executive producers.

Knights of the Round Table is scheduled to hit theaters July 22, 2016.  By then it will probably have a sillier title like Knights of the Round Table: Arthur's Rise.

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