Idris Elba Will Mentor 'King Arthur' for Guy Ritchie's Medieval Epic
Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. were hoping to create a six film franchise following the exploits of King Arthur and his Knights at the Roundtable. We're not sure if the studio is still hellbent on that plan, and they'll likely wait for box office receipts before making solid plans, but the first film, simply called King Arthur, seems to be progressing with a July 22nd, 2016 release date set. And now Variety reports Idris Elba is coming on board the film as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur, a role that will be testing actors for the part in August. Read on!
Unfortunately, plot details on this film are few and far between, but it's not as if the stories of King Arthur are a mystery. Of course, with all the revisionist history and fairytales going around, it wouldn't be a surprise if the script from Joby Harold had a completely different approach to the figure whose story has been told several times on the big screen, the most recent being the 2004 film starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. The casting of Elba certainly makes this interesting, and he should make a fantastic wizard mentor, especially after seeing him as a bad ass military leader in Pacific Rim and one of the heroes of Asgard in Thor: The Dark World. Sound good?