Did anyone really expect pub-brawl auteur Guy Ritchie (Snatch) to deliver a straightforward, hither-and-thither take on the once and future king? Of course not. In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (due out March 24), he’s dirty and beat up and rugged.
And even though Charlie Hunnam might still pull a sword from a stone to begin his journey to the throne, his Arthur is a little more street than his forebears. “He’s a bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor,” Hunnam says. “There’s definitely a harder edge than people would imagine.”
That edge serves him well when dealing with his tyrannical uncle, Jude Law’s Vortigern, who’s got more than a bad boy appeal to defend himself.
As the murderer of his brother and Arthur’s dad Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) and the usurper of the throne, Vortigern has done more than enough to earn his nephew’s wrath, but backing him is a set of deadly magical powers that give him the upper hand.
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So King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a bit of high fantasy meets Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. No word yet on whether this Arthur’s court will feature bare-knuckle boxing, but — let’s be real — probably.