August 28, 2014
Elizabeth Oslen Circling Lead In Guy Ritchie's KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR
Yesterday we learned that Guy Ritchie's Camelot pic with the working-title Knights of The Roundtable: King Arthur (thanks to ThePlaylist) had Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) in final talks to take the title role of Arthur. Idris Elba was also in the mix with a possible mentor role that is Merlin-like.
Another role is being revealed thanks to Variety. They say that Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron) is circling the female lead of the film. Her role isn't mentioned, but I have to assume it's Arthur's sorceress sister Morgana or his Queen-to-be Guinevere. ThePlaylist believes it's latter role Olsen is up for.
A competing version was originally titled Arthur And Lancelot, and had Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman attached in the leads. It's budget was too much for Warner Bros. and it would eventually get the axe. A second-take resurrected the project from writer-producer Joby Harold (produced Edge of Tomorrow), his original pitch included a six-part epic. Each film would focus on a different knight of the roundtable, it's unknown if Warner Bros. has agreed to this Avengers-like for their budding fantasy franchise. Considering the studio's Middle Earth saga is coming to a close, it's likely they wanted a genre replacement. I'm curious to see how far the fantasy elements will be explored in the film.