A new featurette for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword details star Charlie Hunnam's intense work days on set. Up until this point, the marketing and trailers for director Guy Ritchie's reboot have felt scattered and almost bizarre at points. Part of that is because of the unique combination that Ritchie is bringing to this new take on the story of King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his sword, Excalibur, by mixing his typical, highly-edited style with sweeping action shots and CGI visuals, but part of that is also because of the film's strange tonal balance. Ritchie's signature British humor is evident in some of the trailers, but absent in others, and as a result, it's been hard to know for sure what King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is going to be.
But with only a few more weeks to go until the film is released in theaters everywhere, Warner Bros. has been kicking it into high gear as of late on the marketing and promotion for the film. As a result, the actual film itself, what King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is, has become more and more clear with each new look and featurette.
However, if there's been one consistent selling point for many fans and casual filmgoers throughout all of the trailers and TV spots, it's been Charlie Hunnam in the titular role of King Arthur. Coming off of the success and critical acclaim of his work as Jax Teller on FX's Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam has been working towards carving out an interesting film career for himself. But King Arthur is without a doubt his biggest onscreen role to date, and unsurprisingly, he looks to have brought everything he possibly could to it. You can check out a brand new featurette for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword down below, detailing just how rigorous of a fight training schedule Hunnam had for it, in addition to the two newest TV spots for the film.
The story of King Arthur and Excalibur is one that's received the onscreen treatment countless times already, so whenever a new filmmaker comes on to adapt it nowadays, they really have to bring something new and unique to it, in order for audiences to believe it's worth sitting through the usual plot motions again. Whether the sequences in question weren't finished enough to include in the trailers beforehand, though, it's clear that Ritchie has made the most visceral and stylistic King Arthur adaptation that cinema has ever seen here, for better or for worse.
It's hard to tell if that offbeat visual style and aesthetic will be enough to capture audiences' attention this time around, but it's clear that Ritchie has swung for the fences with it. To his credit too, Hunnam appears to have brought just about as much onscreen charisma as a filmmaker could ask their lead actor to, and coming off of the recent acclaim Hunnam has received for his work on James Gray's The Lost City of Z, he's sitting at a very interesting place as an actor right now. 2017 could very well end up going down as the turning point in his post-Sons career, and more likely than not, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will be the key factor in deciding that.
Source: Warner Bros.
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) release date: May 12, 2017