Guy Ritchie’s long-awaited sword and sorcery epic, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, has had a long journey to reach the big screen to say the least. In a fresh interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director offered an update on the project, as well as some awesome new images of Charlie Hunnam in action as the mythical king.
While King Arthur was originally slated to be released back in 2015, the studio decided to push the date several times, before settling on a release date of May 11, 2017. While Ritchie expressed that competition did play a role in this, the director appeared to be thankful for the delay as it has allowed him and his team to craft some amazing visual effects and really tighten up the editing.
“I quite like taking some more time because I can see the trouble people find themselves in by forcing a visual effect, which really does need more time. We’ve had the luxury of sitting back. If we did not have that luxury, your visual effects aren’t going to be there. We’ve had a year, haven’t we? We’ve had a year to improve them, and today is the last visual effects meeting. It’s a year’s extra work,” said Ritchie.
The visionary director is promising a gritty and different take on the tale of King Arthur, who is normally portrayed as a noble, forthright character. However in this version, he is far more grounded, and is somewhat a back street hood when the film begins.
The casting of rising Hollywood star Charlie Hunnam was also a big win for the film, with the actor crafting a character who is hungry to protect those around him, and who really went for it with his dedication and training for the part. This work ethic was not lost on Ritchie, who said that both Hunnam and his co-star Astrid Berges-Frisby won their roles of Arthur and Guinevere through their passion and hard work.
The new images that Ritchie shared also give a fantastic look into the world of King Arthur with Hunnam in total hero mode as the completely shredded Arthur, and we also get to see the appearance of Djimon Hounsou’s Sir Bedivere, Aidan Gillen’s ‘Goosefat’ Bill Wilson, along with Jude Law’s sinister warlock and Arthur’s uncle, Vortigern.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is going to be a must-watch for action and fantasy fans, and will be released in cinemas on May 11 in New Zealand and Australia, and on May 12 in the US and UK.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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