'We've created this sort of street version of him,' the actor says

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This is not your grandparents’ King Arthur, folks. Charlie Hunnam plays a new spin on the iconic medieval hero who he describes as “a little rough around the edges.”

As the actor explains to EW at Comic-Con, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword sets aside the traditional “noble” pursuits of the character and focuses instead on “the reality of who this dude is.” Hunnam tells EW’s Darren Franich. “He’s a guy who’s growing up in abject poverty, but he’s a survivor. So, we created this sort of street version of him where he’s like a bit of a rude boy.”

What does this all amount to? “I’ve always sort of pitched this, but I’m not sure if anyone at the studio will like this, but when my friends have asked me about this film, I’ve said it’s Lord of the Rings meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” Hunnam says. “As unlikely as the two films collide and seem, that seems to be what we’ve created here.”

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is set for theaters on March 24, 2017, and Hunnam promises the film dives headfirst into the mystic waters of Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, and Morgana.

Watch EW’s full interview with Hunnam above.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 126 minutes
  • Guy Ritchie