It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to hear the story of King Arthur. Or at least Guy Ritchie’s interpretation of the legend.
Coming Soon reports that the Ritchie-helmed film is being pushed back from its initial July 22, 2016 release to a new slot on February 17, 2017. By shuffling things around, Warner Bros. has shifted from having this motion picture go toe-to-toe with Star Trek Beyond and the latest Ice Age offering during the summer movie season. The film’s new box office opponents? Bad Boys III and Maze Runner: The Death Cure. It’s not exactly going up against Jem and We Are Your Friends, now is it?
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam will be playing Arthur in the upcoming film and probably have “smouldering” attached to his name in the reviews. Hunnam told Entertainment Weekly this summer that his version of Arthur displays some edge.
“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.”
That syncs up comfortably with what Ritchie said during his chat with EW.
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” he 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.”
In addition to Hunnam as Arthur, the cast also features Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill, Jude Law as Vortigern, and Eric Bana as King Uther Pendragon. As we noted before, the film is (now) scheduled for a February 17, 2017 release.
(Via Coming Soon)