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'Game of Thrones' & 'The Killing' Stars Set to Lead 'Arthur & Lancelot'

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November 21, 2011
Source: Variety

Kit Harington / Joel Kinniman

Recently we learned that director Bryan Singer had some time to focus on his big screen adaptation of Battlestar Galactica since his Excalibur film was pushed aside by Warner Bros. in favor of Arthur & Lancelot, a project from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin that was picked up by the studio this past June for $2 million. Now Variety has word on the official casting for the two titular lead roles with HBO's "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington and AMC's "The Killing" star Joel Kinniman playing Arthur and Lancelot respectively. In addition, the plot has finally been revealed for the new medieval epic.

In the classic and well-known myth, Lancelot was one of King Arthur’s trusted knights who ends up in an adulterous relationship with his royal highness' wife, Guinevere. The film will has Arthur as an illegitimate son being raised by a humble and poor knight in a village who will grow into an inspiring leader while Lancelot is a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government. Basically it sounds like the early years of the characters we've come to know from stories passed. That means Guinivere isn't really in the picture more than a very small role, but apparently she will be more prominent in what Warner Bros. hopes will become a successful franchise.

It seems ironic that Harington will play an illegitimate son in this film as his character on "Game of Thrones" shares the same trait. His work on thrones makes it easy to picture him as Arthur in the film, and while I'm not familiar with Kinniman's work in "The Killing," an offer was made to him right off the bat while Harington had to test twice for the role before officially being cast. This should be quite an interesting project with the fresh faces taking lead roles and having a comedy director like Dobkin at the helm, a man who has mostly directed comedies and only has action experience with Shanghai Knights. Should be an interesting experiment to watch unfold on the big screen.

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  • Stevenmark
    Please, please, let us not have Knights in shining armour or anything else as lame.  Set this in the Dark Ages and do some research into the look at style of the characters of this time, so no massive big castles or Richard Gere...
  • MarilynM
    did you go out of your way to try to find the worst picture of Kinnaman in existence? that is from several years ago, taken when he was doing drama on stage. He is a good looking guy and a really good actor.
  • Ryderup
    Kinniman? KINNAMAN. All these swedes are taking over. Nyqvist, Rapace and Ola Rapace. Espinosa etc etc.

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