Guy Ritchie’s take on the legends of King Arthur – Knights Of The Round Table – is slowly coming together, and now one more member had signed up, with Variety reporting that Eric Bana will play Arthur’s father, Uther.
He joins Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou in negotiations to play a character the king’s Merlin-like mentor Bedivere, and Jude Law playing the villain.
Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the script, which is the first part of a planned six-movie franchise, which presumably will concentrate on different knights surrounding Arthur with each film. There’s still no news on the exact plot and direction the first movie will take.
Warner Bros. has had been trying to make an Arthurian movie for years. Indeed Ritchie was previously attached to a completely different King Arthur movie, which was written by John Hodge (Trainspotting). Another project, Arthur & Lancelot, even got to the point where Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) had been hired for the lead roles and the sets were ready to be built. However the studio backed out just a few weeks before production was due to begin.
Hopefully they won’t get cold feet with this version, which already has a July 22nd, 2016 release date set.