What do King Arthur and Christian Grey have in common? Before you blurt out “nothing, you nimrod,” there is actually a connection – at least, cinematically. Long before a certain Jamie Dornan stepped in to take on the role of every soccer mom’s secret S&M fantasy, he was rumored to up for the role of the once and future royal in Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming ‘Knight of the Round Table’ movie. However, when already hired ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Charlie Hunnam bailed on the big screen adaptation of the famed erotic thriller (Yes, he was Christian Grey originally), Dornan was hired. And now, as some sort of strange film fate would have it, the man who could have been Grey is now in talks to take over the lead in ‘Knight.’
Put another way, Charlie Hunnam is now Ritchie’s first choice to play King Arthur alongside Idris Elba (who will play a character named Bedivere). According to the story in The Wrap, Dornan may still be up for a role, though the source also states that it won’t be Arthur. Someone named Joby Harold has written the script (he wrote ‘Awake’ and Executive Produced Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’) and early indications are that, once again, we will get the story of Arthur, Lancelot, and the woman that comes between them – Guinevere. Knowing Ritchie, he will find a way to amp up the action with his usual flash and finesse approach.
Of course, the filmmaker responsible for ‘Snatch,’ ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,’ and the recent ‘Sherlock Holmes’ reboots will have a long way to go to match the brilliance of John Boorman’s 1981 film ‘Excalibur.’ Taking a much more ahistorical approach to the material, some criticized the story but few could argue with the director’s visual choices. Particularly stunning is the first moment when Excalibur, the famed sword, breaks the water’s surface via the Lady in the Lake. Ritchie is quite capable of something as provocative. Of course, one hopes this isn’t the grave misstep that was Antoine Fuqua’s ‘King Arthur.’ That movie was revisionism for revisionism’s sake. For now, we just have these casting rumors and their complex interrelationships to contend with.
Source: The Wrap