For the past few months Guy Ritchie has been hard at work on the film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is due in cinemas this winter. However he’s also got a King Arthur movie percolating away, which already has a July 2016 release date set.
With that deadline in place he’s now putting the cast together, as TheWrap reports that Idris Elba is in talks to star in the film, which now has the franchise-ready title, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Assuming he signs on the dotted line, Elba will portray Bedivere, who serves as the right hand man to Arthur’s father, and is tasked with teaching Arthur how to lead an army. The title character is yet to be cast, with Ritchie planning to test for the part next month.
Ritchie is set to direct from a script by Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow). It’s not clear when it will shoot, although it’s likely to be before the end of the year.