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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Country: USA, UK, Australia

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Taglines: Raised on the streets. Born to be king.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: Guy Ritchie, David Dobkin, Lionel Wigram, Joby Harold, ...

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, Jude Law, ...

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.
Sam Claflin, Dominic Cooper, Liam Hemsworth, Jim Sturgess, Benjamin Walker, Hans Matheson and Kit Harington were considered for the lead roles. Finally, Joel Kinnaman was cast as Lancelot and Harington as King Arthur.
Marion Cotillard was rumored for the role of Morgana.
Originally Joel Kinnaman was cast as Lancelot and Kit Harington was cast as King Arthur but the movie was delayed because the studio wanted a more well-known cast.
Colin Farrell was offered a role but declined.
Gary Oldman was cast as Merlin but he dropped out.
Charlie Hunnam was emaciated and had lost 20 pounds for the last season of the TV show Sons of Anarchy. During auditions, Guy Ritchie was very bothered by his look though he liked his performance and asked him 4 times during the process about his poor physique and 'What was the heaviest he had been'. Hunnam said that when Ritchie brought up the 4th time, he knew that the physicality of Arthur was very important to Ritchie. He promised Ritchie that he would get into incredible shape for Arthur and to prove his fitness for the part, offered to physically fight the other two finalists - Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney. Hunnam told Ritchie, "Look, dude, you keep bring this up, the physicality. Its obviously your primary concern. So if you want to do away with all this auditioning bollocks, I'll fucking fight those other two dudes. I know who they are. You can bring them both in here. I'll fight them both. The one who walks out the door gets the job." Hunnam won the role after this.
The first installment of a planned six films series.
Charlie Hunnam said that he closely observed Ultimate Fighting Championship Irish featherweight Conor McGregor to incorporate his fighting style and his ultra-ripped physique into his portrayal of a young "street" version of Arthur. Hunnam watched hours and hours of interviews and fight footage of McGregor on Youtube because he thought he would be an interesting model for the character.
Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney were the other two finalists for the role of King Arthur apart from Charlie Hunnam. The final audition comprised two rounds, the first was a sit-down chat with Guy Ritchie. The second round was a full-fledged audition. Ritchie instantly liked Hunnam after their 90 minute talk and told him, "I really fucking dig you bro. I hope you act as well as you talk and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow." Hunnam performed equally well in the audition and won the role.
Actress Katie McGrath who plays the role of Elsa in this film played Morgana, King Arthur's half-sister, in Merlin (2008) a BBC series based on Arthurian Legend.
Reunites Charlie Hunnam and Aiden Gillen from Queer as Folk.
Astrid Berg├Ęs-Frisbey beat out Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and Alicia Vikander for the role of Guinevere.
Idris Elba was reportedly strongly considered for the role of Merlin in the film. But it turned out to be just a rumor as Elba commented on the matter stating: "Unfortunately I'm not in the 'King Arthur' movies. That was a rumor, that wasn't true unfortunately. But I wish the guys a lot of success."
The film was pitched to the studio and the actors as Lord of the Rings meets Guy Ritchie's own Snatch (2000). Charlie Hunnam said that description sold him on the movie saying, "That's a film I wanted to see."
Charlie Hunnam said that he achieved his biggest size ever for King Arthur. He said, "I got big, bigger than I've ever been. I got to 190 pounds!"
Freddie Fox (Ed) has a sister Emilia Fox who portrayed Morgause, maternal half-sister of Morgana (King Arthur was Morgana's paternal half-brother) - which was portrayed by Katie McGrath (Elsa in this film) , in Merlin (2008) a BBC series based on Arthurian Legend.
Katie McGrath (Elsa) and Georgina Campbell (Kay) have both worked in projects with actor Alfie Stewart. Katie worked with him in an episode of the TV series 'Merlin', as Daegel and Morgana respectively; Georgina worked with him in the TV series 'Sadie J', as Keith and Whitney respectively.
Both Aidan Gillen and Michael McElhatton are in the series Game of Thrones (2011) as well as Eline Powell.
The movie went through several stages. Firstly, director David Dobkin tried to make a version with Kit Harington as King Arthur and Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot, but the movie was deemed too expensive and the actors too unknown. Then Colin Farrell was cast as King Arthur and Gary Oldman as Merlin but that version wasn't made either.
Charlie Hunnam has promised that "I will get into incredible shape for this film." He further added that, "I am going to do 500 push-ups everyday" saying he wanted to look like one of those guys who do that.
Filming began on March 2, 2015.
Charlie Hunman and Aidan Gillen co-stared the edge-cutting British TV drama, Queer as Folk.
The song that plays during the latter part of the ComiCon trailer is an adaptation of the traditional song "Wild Wild Berry," which is itself an adaptation of the traditional song "Lord Randall". In both cases the lyrics speak of a young lord who comes home from feasting and wants nothing but to lay on his bed and rest. When questioned, he reveals he was poisoned by the woman he took to be his true love. After the lord's death, the woman who poisoned him is executed.