Charlie Hunnam is Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur,' Elizabeth Olsen in Talks

August 27, 2014

Charlie Hunnam

Warner Bros. Pictures' attempt to revive the medieval tale of King Arthur is already set for July 22nd, 2016, but so far the only cast member revealed for the film has been Idris Elba in a supporting role as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur. Now there will be a bit of a reunion in store as Deadline reports Elba's Pacific Rim co-star Charlie Hunnam has landed the title role in the film that will kick-off a six-film franchise plotted by Joby Harold, who is also writing the first script. With Pacific Rim (plus a forthcoming sequel) and this franchise in store, Hunnam doesn't need Fifty Shades of Grey after all.

In addition, Variety has word that Godzilla and The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Elizabeth Olsen is the frontrunner to take the lead female role, though it's not clarified as to what character she would play. Hunnam's status as a leading actor was solidified with his role in Pacific Rim (though he wasn't exactly the best), but you can't deny his screen presence in the FX series "Sons of Anarchy." We're still not sure that this is the kind of project that needs to span six films, but maybe with Ritchie on board, who helped make Sherlock Holmes popular again, we're looking at something we haven't seen before.

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    OMG! SIX PICTURE DEAL?! Damn. Even if they aren't all great, the audacity of it is BRILLIANT!
  • Ritchie has a golden opportunity here to make a series that could be remembered in the way LOTR is. I hope he's successful.
    • Xerxexx
      Definitely. But where the hell is the Real Rock n Rolla!?
  • Jon Odishaw
    God watching paint dry is more fun than this guys acting. Even Aaron Taylor is better.
      Jon-boy! You ever watch SONS OF ANARCHY? He tears it up on that show.
      • Jon Odishaw
        No I haven't PAC rim is my only taste of him
        • DAVIDPD
          Ah I see. If you ever give it a chance. It is very, very good.
          • Bo
            That's a matter of opinion...of which I don't share actor is is his TV my opinion...which means absolutely
          • DAVIDPD
            Thanks Bo.
      • Brian Sleider
        Lots of people can character act, that doesnt necessarily make them good actors.
        • DAVIDPD
          That is true Brian. So I suppose Hunnam is a good actor, but for now, he a good actor who can play Jackson Teller.
    • avconsumer2
      God watching paint dry... interesting concept.
      • Jon Odishaw
        I see now that, in my haste, my punctuation skills were lost.
        • avconsumer2
          It happens - but really, that would make a pretty neat painting. (with the accompanying title) 😉
          • Jon Odishaw
            I would totally paint that if i could paint that...although the horseshit that passes for art these days is insane
  • Brian Sleider it will have an obligatory ab shot? I didn't hate him in pac rim, but that doesnt mean he acted well. I am not sure he can carry a role like this at all.
  • JBrotsis
    Good luck to them, really...I'd really enjoy seeing a six film franchise for King Arthur...but I have a feeling, like Chronicles of Narnia, it won't get to six. Maybe three. Or we'll get to three then have to wait four+ years to get the continuation films.
  • Mr Chatterbox
    I think there's a reason Charlie didn't get success with film the first time around and instead chose to go down the Sons route. His acting suited the character (80% of the time) but he's no Tom Hardy. The guy just looks like he's playing at acting. Pacific Rim was hard going, he was so wooden.
    • Xerxexx
      His accent could use some work as well. In Pacific Rim is kept slipping like Sam Worthington in Avatar.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur will NOT be easy to top.
    • Xerxexx
      Lancelot ain't got shit on me!
  • Xerxexx
  • Xerxexx
    But...but the Real Rock n Rolla...
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Guy Ritchie is not known for using the same actors over and over, unless of course hes making a trilogy like Sherlock Holmes.
      • Xerxexx
        But I want it! Jason Stathman and Jason Fleming are used more than once.
        • grimjob
          Vinnie Jones!
          • Xerxexx
            Agreed! How ya been!?
          • grimjob
            Just fine my man, just fine. Yourself?
        • Rock n Rollllll
          Ah yes, Lock, stock, and two smoking barrels. Good call.
          • Xerxexx
            Thank you sir.
  • Avi
    every movie from guy ritchie are good movies, especially snatch but 6 movies about King Arthur?? They must have a great story arc to tell otherwise it wont work. And still I can't believe why Hyperion saga of dan Simmons isn't picked up by Studios! Man if I had 300 Million to make it I will earns 2 billion of the succes of it....
  • Randall Miller
    Good to see Ralllleigh as the boy King!
  • cobrazombie
    Where's the third Sherlock Holmes movie? The first two were very good.
  • grimjob
    Here I am, again, pining for something I know will never happen. I just want Johnny Quid, Archy, and the Gang to return, as promised!




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