Idris Elba in Talks for Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ Film

By July 21, 2014
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I will watch Idris Elba do anything. I wanted him to be the new Doctor in “Doctor Who.” I would watch him read a paper and drink coffee. Hearing that Elba is in talks to star in a film based on one of my favorite myth cycles (feel free to debate what is myth and what is reality in the comments) was like hearing that I was being gifted with a unicorn covered in ice cream.

Today, THR is reporting that Elba may take on the role Bedivere of in the upcoming film Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie with a script by Joby Harold, who was the executive producer for the little seen but highly lauded Edge of Tomorrow.

(The film is not based on this painting, “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon” by Edward Burne-Jones, but I love it so I thought I’d share.)

Bedivere is described at Arthur’s father’s right hand man, who eventually teaches the young king how to lead an army. In the stories, Sir Bedivere is the one who returns Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake. This will be a reunion for Ritchie and Elba, since Elba appeared in Ritchie’s 2008 British gangster film RockNRolla. The role of Arthur has yet to be cast, and testing for that part reportedly begins in August. Warner Bros. is hoping this movie is the first of a six part film series that retells the Arthurian legend; the studio has been trying to get a King Arthur project off the ground for a few years now, eyeing names like Kit Harington, Joel Kinnaman, and Colin Farrell at various points before all of those iterations eventually fell by the wayside.

What do you think of this casting? Who would you like to see play King Arthur? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.