Idris Elba In Talks For Guy Ritchie's KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR

According to The Wrap, Idris Elba (Thor) is set to reunite with his Rocknrolla director Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros.' big-screen King Arthur flick, which now also has a full title. Find out who he'll be playing after the jump.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 7/21/2014

Here we have our first bit of casting news for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie, which will be officially titled Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The Wrap report that CBM fave Idris Elba is in negotiations to play the role of a Knight named Bedivere, "Arthur's father's right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny." It was rumored that WB were looking at Ritchie to bring a six-film take on the classic tale to the screen, but if that is the case there's no mention of it here. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell will produce, Joby Harold (Awake, Edge Of Tomorrow) is on script duty. The movie is set for a July 22, 2016 release.
Source: The Wrap
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militantcharles - 7/21/2014, 10:41 AM
WHERES ROCK N ROLLA 2!!!!!!
Ramiel - 7/21/2014, 10:45 AM
Wasn't Sir Bedivere white? And gay?
0megaDaGod - 7/21/2014, 10:50 AM
Elba + Richie =Gold
Pheezmatic - 7/21/2014, 10:53 AM
@Ramiel
What? Did I here this guys name?????????
Pheezmatic - 7/21/2014, 10:54 AM
No?

aw crap...

Sorry...wishfull thinking...
Klone - 7/21/2014, 10:54 AM
A King Arthur series has potential although I doubt it will live up to it. Also, I don't know about this character, but is he foreign? I don't exactly have an extreme in depth knowledge of Arthurian mythology but I take it having a black man in England during this time was... unusual.
Klone - 7/21/2014, 10:57 AM
Seeing a good Beowulf series might be cool or a standalone film... or if they wish to do films based on English history then either the Anarchy or the War of the Roses would be good.
MexicanSuperman - 7/21/2014, 11:01 AM
@Ramiel, I don't know, but it really doesn't matter since this is a different take on the King Author tale.
Reasonnnn - 7/21/2014, 11:03 AM
That title...is terrible.
Jollem - 7/21/2014, 11:04 AM
the guy's a good director

Gusto - 7/21/2014, 11:10 AM


TheBrownHornet - 7/21/2014, 11:10 AM
Elba should be Black Panther! But it won't happen! :( can't happen.. >:(
DrDoom - 7/21/2014, 11:11 AM
'In talks' does not mean 'has been cast'.
DrDoom - 7/21/2014, 11:12 AM
Also, the movie should just be called 'Knights of the Round Table' or "King Arthur'. Not both.
kakinurmawth - 7/21/2014, 11:15 AM
Idris Elba is the man. I don't care what movie he is in, I will see it cause he's a fantastic actor. Luther anyone??
McGee - 7/21/2014, 11:17 AM
If they made this film in the 70s...

BLACK ARTHUR.
batz11 - 7/21/2014, 11:20 AM
Love Guy Richie's flicks, but wait, there were black people back then?
McGee - 7/21/2014, 11:24 AM
I'm with batz. I don't think they were invented yet back then.
JorL5150 - 7/21/2014, 11:34 AM
Maybe he's the FIRST black man!!!

Like a black....Adam .... Something like that.
Nenured - 7/21/2014, 11:43 AM
Yay! Guy Richie should direct Avengers 3. Yay :D
Klone - 7/21/2014, 11:43 AM
@DrDoom

Unfortunately with stupid titles like Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of JUSTICE(!) and this, it seems filmmakers with the more bloated the title is, the better.
MantiniuMan - 7/21/2014, 11:44 AM
@militantcharles

Where's rock n rolls 2
King leonidis
Heimdall
Bane
Dr Doom
Sinestro
Falcone
Have moved on
batz11 - 7/21/2014, 11:48 AM
Yeah, [frick]ing liar...

DetBullock - 7/21/2014, 11:48 AM
@batz11: debatable, King Arthur allegedly lived soon afterward or around the fall of the Roman Empire and recent studies show that there probably were a lot of non celtic people including blacks and middle easterns togheter with mediterranean whites, and it seems a good portion of them were also from wealthy families during roman times, then there were the saxon invasions and the relative lack of mobility of the middle ages mad them "blend in".

Also, overanalizing aside, it may be that they are choosing a "pure fantasy" approach like Boorman's (nobody wore full plate before the renaissance) or the british "arthurian smallville" or "Merlin" as it's usually known.
Barchiel - 7/21/2014, 11:51 AM
I was hoping he'd play King Arthur.
Dedpool - 7/21/2014, 11:51 AM
Yeah I'm all for this!!!
ComicsBornAndBred - 7/21/2014, 11:51 AM
Idris Elba is a boss to the max. Few individuals in Hollywood are as swagged out and badass as him. Luther?? Yes!! So underused in MCU. He and Ritchie teaming up again is gold. He was great in Rock N Rolla. A black knight?? Why not have up the history. Bedivere was white and I belive gay but whateve. Maybe now he's a former African warrior, who has either emigrated England or was brought as a slave unfortunately, whom Arthur's father hired to train his son.
batz11 - 7/21/2014, 12:07 PM
@DetBullock -- wow, you know way more about this than I do, ha, ha...I was joking, but your comment is very educational, thanks (seriously)
TheBeard - 7/21/2014, 12:11 PM
Rock N Rolla 2 Guy Ritchie otherwise

LEOSTRATOR - 7/21/2014, 12:16 PM
There were moors in Europe at the time, moors where Arabic and Berber warriors from Africa. They even ruled all of Spain for before they where defeated by the Romans.
LEOSTRATOR - 7/21/2014, 12:20 PM
It's a shame that black people have been erased from history and is only known for being slaves.
PsychoJester70 - 7/21/2014, 12:21 PM
@Pheezmatic:

Streaks on the china, never mattered before;
Who cares?
When you drop-kicked your jacket, as you came through the door;
No one glared.
But sometimes things get turned around
And no one's spared...
Klone - 7/21/2014, 12:42 PM
@batz

Yes (or probably, whatever) though in England... I doubt it.
RetroFit - 7/21/2014, 12:42 PM
Not sure I have any interest to see a quirky take on this. I don't believe anything can top 'Excalibur' for the subject matter. And NOBODY is interested in seeing 6 movies about this. 2 tops.
pesmerga44 - 7/21/2014, 12:56 PM
TexasTwoFace - 7/21/2014, 1:21 PM
Well that's cool, I love the Arthurian legends, but I always hated that they tried to tell the whole story in one movie, so six movies sounds amazing. I always thought five would be best, but heck six is even better.
thaonly1guly - 7/21/2014, 1:27 PM
He needs to be cast as John Stewart/Green Lantern for Justice League Movie!
ImnotDaredevil - 7/21/2014, 1:27 PM
Hope they come to film some here in Tintagel North Cornwall.
TexasTwoFace - 7/21/2014, 1:32 PM
And I don't think it's a bloated title. It sounds like a series of films titled Knights of the Round Table with this first one being called King Arthur, with the others having other subtitles like for example Knights of the Round Table: Holy Grail.
thaonly1guly - 7/21/2014, 1:35 PM
Idris Elba for Green Lantern or GTFO!
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