We are still a year away from the release of Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur, and today we got a glimpse of star Charlie Hunnam in his Arthurian outfit, courtesy of EW.
This new take on the classic legend will follow Arthur as a young man on the streets of 5th century London, before he discovers his lineage and his famous sword. Hunnam's Arthur is streetwise, badass, and a little bit rough around the edges, which is quite a departure from the original stories.
Hunnam: He’s a hustler. 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.
Producer Lionel Wigram is hoping that this new take on the legendary king will please fans, even though it is a far cry from the innocent Wart that we know from The Sword in the Stone and the Once And Future King. It's also a bit different from the valiant and noble King Arthur from past live action films.
Hopefully, loyalists won’t be too offended by what we’ve done.
These new shots show Hunnam with Excalibur, but still looking like an orphaned street kid in every other way; presumably the sword was added for the photoshoot, or this represents the time in the film where he is discovering his royal heritage. Covered in dirt and in a simple white shirt and leather pants, this is not the picture of a king... yet.
He's also got a noticeable scar running across one hand and the other forearm; this looks like a single wound, presumably a defense wound, and possibly from a sword or whip. Such a prominent scar has to have a story behind it, and depending on the time span of the movie, I'm guessing it's going to be an important part of his backstory, as it appears to be quite healed. From IMDB we can see two younger versions of Arthur have been cast, so presumably we will see one of them being wounded.
I'm also loving the look of Excalibur, especially the runic symbols running down the blade. The legends surrounding this sword are varied, but with a heavy fantasy element promised, I'm hoping that we will see some of the magic that comes with this sword. While there is no Merlin or Morgan Le Fay in the cast list, there are a couple of unnamed mages in there, so there's room for some magic to come into play.
While these are just a small glimpse of what's to come, if the rest of the movie looks as incredible as these photos, it's sure to be a huge success...and if not, at least we know that Arthur looks fantastic!
Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur comes to theaters July 22, 2016