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Idris Elba Will Mentor 'King Arthur' for Guy Ritchie's Medieval Epic

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July 22, 2014
Source: Variety

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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?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

I always thought that a guy like David Wenham was born for Merlin-esque roles. His voice just screams 'wise mentor'. But Idris Elba is awesome in everything, so I'm not complaining.

Chris Groves on Jul 22, 2014

2

He doesn't belong in this movie

John Smith on Jul 22, 2014

3

Elba, or Wenham?

Chris Groves on Jul 22, 2014

4

The black guy

John Smith on Jul 22, 2014

5

Purely because it takes place in medieval times?

Chris Groves on Jul 22, 2014

6

Yes, let's make Zulus white while were at it.

John Smith on Jul 23, 2014

7

This is very likely going to be pretty heavy on fantasy elements. We might be dealing with wizards, witches, magic and Holy Grails....but having a black guy when there might not have typically been a black guy is blasphemous? It isn't like we are talking about making George Washington Japanese or something.

Chris Groves on Jul 23, 2014

8

IF the film has Idris Elba, then I'll definetly see it, or at least consider seeing it. Also can't wait to hear him as Shere Khan 😀

Tuomas Lassila on Jul 22, 2014

9

A ancient black Celt? Why don't they just go all the way and cast King Arthur as Whoopie Goldberg. What a joke.

John Smith on Jul 22, 2014

10

please be part of a rocknrolla film deal.

ds NYC on Jul 22, 2014

11

YES. Idris just needs more films. More exposure.

DAVIDPD on Jul 22, 2014

12

Goddamn you Guy Ritchie. Goddamn you.

grimjob on Jul 22, 2014

13

no, what about sherlock holmes 3

Nadir Ahmed on Jul 23, 2014

14

I SAY PUT HIS FINE ASS IN ANYTHING AND EvERYTHING.((IDRIS ELBA)

nita on Jul 23, 2014

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