Ever since its release date was pushed from this summer to next year, updates on Guy Ritchie’s action/adventure epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (formerly titled Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur) have been scarce, but today, Warner Bros. (via Entertainment Weekly) has released two never-before-seen images from the film. The photos feature stars Charlie Hunnam as the titular king and Jude Law as his villainous uncle Vortigern…
The outlet describes Legend of the Sword as a blend between a high fantasy and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Arthur as “dirty and beat up and rugged,” just like many of Ritchie’s characters. On Arthur, Hunnam said, “He’s a bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. There’s definitely a harder edge than people would imagine.”
For a film as expensive as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (reports place the budget at upwards of $100 million), the vast majority of average moviegoers seem to be unaware of its existence, which means that the Warner Bros. marketing department will have to kick promotion into high gear to sell the film. The last movie built around King Arthur, 2004’s Antoine Fuqua-directed outing, is a somewhat infamous box office disappointment, as it only grossed $200 million on a $120 million budget.
A trailer hasn’t been released yet, so it’s hard to make any real definitive judgements about the film, but one can’t ignore the fact that it does share some similarities with the 2004 flop, perhaps the most prevalent of which being that it lacks a true A-list Hollywood star. Hunnam isn’t box office poison by any means, but, just like Clive Owen as Arthur, his name doesn’t necessarily bring in the masses either (case in point Pacific Rim). Regardless, he’s still relatively unproven, so between Legend of the Sword and The Lost City of Z, Hunnam could earn his spot among the most elite actors in Hollywood over the course of the next few months.
Ritchie’s previous effort, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. didn’t perform at the box office as well as Warner Bros. had hoped, despite earning decent reviews, so, needless to say, the director has a lot riding on his upcoming film as well.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is set for release on March 24th, 2017, with a cast that also includes Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Bedivere, Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Eric Bana (Deliver Us from Evil) as Uther Pendragon.