Guy Ritchie was unable to promote The Man From U.N.C.L.E. at San Diego Comic-Con this year because he was preoccupied with filming Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. While the latter film won’t hit theaters until next Summer, EW has released 10 new images of Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam as the title king wielding the legendary sword Excalibur.
Check out the images plus a few quotes from the actor on set here below.
As with all adaptations, there will be different interpretations, and Ritchie’s take on the iconic king will be very different from past films. “Hopefully, loyalists won’t be too offended by what we’ve done,” says producer Lionel Wigram. Instead of doing a film based on the the traditionally virtuous hero of Camelot, Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur will make the title character “a kickass action hero.”
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” Ritchie says. “The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”
Hunnam’s Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy resembled the gray that Ritchie wanted to see in his King Arthur. The actor described his character as a street-wise hood, raised by three prostitutes, who looks after the smaller people of this kingdom.
“He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler,” Hunnam says. “He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.”
Ritchie’s previous endeavors had a gritty highly stylized grounded tone, but Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur will be his first film that dives into the world of fantasy head first. According to the site, there will be giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a monstrous Viking-like creature known as The Nemesis.
The film is a reimagining of the legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century.
Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur also stars Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jude Law (Spy, Sherlock Holmes), Eric Bana (Hulk, Hanna), and Djimon Honsou (Furious 7, Guardians of the Galaxy).
Warner Bros. has scheduled the film for a July 22, 2016 release.