The movie A Knight's Tale will forever go down as a classic, featuring a truly magnificent cast and wonderful performances all around. It came out in 2001, but it doesn't feel like it was that long ago for some reason. Heath Ledger went on to play the Joker in one of the most iconic villainous superhero movie roles of all time, and Paul Bettany went on to play the Vision in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) and again in the recent Captain America: Civil War. A little DC and Marvel love for two of the film's biggest actors.
Now, in honor of the film's 15th anniversary, let's see what the cast members have been up to, and get down with some rockin' A Knight's Tale trivia.
Need a refresher? Check out the trailer for the movie below.
So, here they are. The cast, then and now from A Knight's Tale.
William Thatcher – Heath Ledger
William Thatcher won the heart of Lady Jocelyn. But after Adhemar tried to expose him for being a phony, he came back and proved he was a nobleman both by name and by deed. What a guy Heath Ledger was — you may know him best from one of his final performances as the Joker, but people often forget what a heartthrob the man was earlier on in his career. I had an older sister, so I knew. Believe me, I knew.
Heath had an impact on many lives in Hollywood and around the world. To read some heartbreakingly beautiful words about his legacy from his co-stars and close friends, make your way over here.
Count Adhemar – Rufus Sewell
If you saw this movie, you know this dude was a complete clown and jerk. In this case, and actually quite often in movies, Sewell is able to play a villain even though he's a nice guy in real life. I think that takes awesome acting ability. He has had a very active career as of late, acting most notably in The Man in the High CastleHerculesand Gods of Egypt.
Lady Jocelyn – Shannyn Sossamon
Okay, how does she still look just the same (i.e. gorgeous) 14 years later? Impeccably stunning! She was, as mentioned above, Heath Ledger's love interest in the film and she played it well. They were a good match. Sossamon is still working diligently and is appearing in Wayward Pines, The Jesuit and Man Without a Head.
Geoffrey Chaucer – Paul Bettany
Geoff Chaucer was the comic relief in this film and Bettany was awesome in the role. Paul Bettany was actually told by a producer that he would never make it in Hollywood, but boy were they wrong. He's been successful and most recently killed it as Vision in Captain America: Civil War. He'll reappear in later installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
Wat – Alan Tudyk
Since his time playing Heath Ledger's righthand man, Wat, in A Knight's Tale, Alan Tudyk has gone on to have an extremely prolific career. In 2002 he took up his iconic role as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the dearly missed series Firefly before going on to lend his voice to many characters in animated film such as Ice Age, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and most recently in Zootopia. He's also voiced numerous video game characters and has appeared in several TV shows, including Arrested Development and Con Man. He will also feature in the hotly anticipated Disney film Moana, due out later this year. The man just can't stop working, and we just can't get enough of him!
Kate – Laura Fraser
You may remember Kate, who was the widowed blacksmith in the movie. She was expertly brought to life by Laura Fraser, and since then the actress has appeared in a good amount of TV series and TV movies. Her most recent projects are Houdini and Doyle and I Am Not A Serial Killer.
Roland – Mark Addy
Roland is the steady, level-headed, older varlet. Boasting a hefty TV portfolio, he also played Robert Baratheon, the last legitimate heir to the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones. He's currently set to feature in the upcoming movie Lies We Tell.
Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, The Black Prince – James Purefoy
After playing the noble Prince Edward in A Knight's Tale, this handsome devil went on to star in several films and TV shows, including Resident Evil and Vanity Fair. He also brought Mark Antony to life in HBO's seminal series Rome. He's currently starring in the TV mini-series Roots, and is filming Interlude in Prague, which is due out next year.
Did you love A Knight's Tale?