SDCC 2016: A hero will rise in the first trailer for ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’
Charlie Hunnam is bringing a gritty and raw presence to Guy Ritchie’s epic action film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which has just released its first trailer as a part of San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
Running the back streets of medieval Londonium, Arthur Pendragon (Charlie Hunnam) is unaware of his royal lineage. Chancing upon the mythical sword Excalibur, the young street punk is drawn under its power and is pulled into a dangerous rebellion to overthrow tyrannical dictator Vortigern (Jude Law), the man who murdered Arthur’s father Uther (Eric Bana), and stole his kingdom from him. With the help of the beautiful and charismatic Guinevere (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey),Arthur will have to learn to wield the power of Excalibur and rise to become the hero that his people rightfully deserve.
Check out the trailer below:
Ritchie appears to be bringing his cult gangster aesthetic to this all-action sword and sorcery tale. It’s gritty, edgy and has a good dash of magic that should appeal to fans of fantasy. But while magic will be of importance to Jude Law’s sorcerer king Vortigern, Ritchie does not appear to have overdone it, and is giving his audience enough reality with the film’s tooth and nail sword fights.
Ritchie and his team have also kept the legend of King Arthur alive and are pulling from the original tales recorded more than 800 years ago to tell this story. Charlie Hunnam is without-a-doubt the perfect choice for this very different take on the character, appearing as an anti-heroic street brawler who will have to learn what it means to be noble, and he’s matched with Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, whose otherworldly magical power will aid him in his quest to be king.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is definitely on our 2017 must-watch list, and audiences will get a chance to experience this epic tale of sword and sorcery when it is released in cinemas on March 23, 2017 in New Zealand and Australia and on March 24, 2017 in the US and UK.