Ever since British director #GuyRitchie (Snatch) revealed on his Instagram account in 2015 that he had started shooting his latest film, #KingArthur: Legend of the Sword, with #CharlieHunnam, fans of the Sons of Anarchy star have been waiting with bated breath for the film to hit the big screen.
I mean, since the ruggedly handsome actor infamously turned down the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey we've hardly seen him in anything bar TV re-runs of Pacific Rim and the American drama TV series that made him a household name.
New Poster: 'From Nothing Comes A King'
Well, Hunnam fans will be glad to know that Warner Brothers has just released a brand new poster yesterday featuring the actor as King Arthur — a man "raised on the streets, born to be king" — and with a confirmed release date: May 12, 2017.
Just like in Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes film, expect a totally new re-telling of the classic tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The acclaimed director will present it as a fantasy action-adventure featuring "giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a monstrous viking-like creature known as The Nemesis."
The story follows how as a young lad, Arthur, has to rough it living in the city's back alleys, not knowing that his father was murdered by his uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) who seized the crown and Arthur's birthright. The turning point comes only when he manages to pull the mythical sword from the stone — proving that he is of royal blood. The disillusioned street hustler then forces himself to take stock of his life and embrace his true identity.
In a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hunnam revealed that his Arthur will be more of a street-wise kid who is a little bit rough around the edges, "nothing noble at the start" but basically a survivor who can hustle his way out of any situation. "It's classic Guy Ritchie stuff," gushed the Newcastle-born actor who buffed up for the role as there are scenes where his character will be involved in bare-knuckle boxing and needs to be shirtless, as seen in a new publicity still from the movie (see main picture).
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Hunnam and Ritchie on set in July 2015 [Credit: Instagram/@guyritchie]
Besides Jude Law (who recently earned rave reviews for his performance in The Young Pope) as the tyrant Vortigern, the film also features Eric Bana (The Time Traveler's Wife) as Arthur's father; Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Alaska) as Guinevere; and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Sir Bediver.
New Trailer: 'Kingdom'
With the release of a brand new poster, a new King Arthur trailer, entitled Kingdom, was also released. Check it out here:
Do also check out the first King Arthur trailer, which premiered at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Com International and featured the haunting British traditional song "The Wild Wild Berry," sung by English folk singer Sam Lee.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is due for release on May 12, 2017 in the US and UK.
Are you going to see King Arthur in the theater?