King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is not like other Arthurian films. The final trailer for Guy Ritchie’s take teases an extravagant CG-heavy fantasy epic that tracks the medieval hero’s rags-to-riches journey as he wields the mystical king-crowning Excalibur.
Sons of Anarchy bad boy Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur, who fled as a boy while his father, King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), was slain by his uncle Vortigern (Jude Law). The footage reveals his upbringing at a brothel, while Vortigern, bolstered by dark magic, assumes control of the throne. As an adult, Arthur claims his birthright by pulling Excalibur from the throne, propelling him on a collision course with gargantuan beasts and a fantastical battle for the ages.
“You wanted the prophecy. Raise that sword, show the people the power of excalibur,” he’s told in the trailer, which features a footage frenzy of sorcerers, street battles, war elephants a la Mûmakil from The Lord of the Rings, and explosive fire play.
The cast is rounded out by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as The Mage, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Bedivere, and Aidan Gillen (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Goosefat Bill. Check out the new banner below.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will open in theaters on May 12. Watch the trailer above.