Jude law is reportedly in talks to play the villain in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur film.
This casting falls in line with the long tradition of British actors playing villains in Hollywood movies. Rictchie's "Knights of The Roundtable: King Arthur" is scheduled to hit the theatres 22 July, 2016. It is a Warner Bros and. and Village Roadshow film and Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing for the studio.
The movie stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Ritchie is still on the lookout for an actor to fit the role of Arthur's mentor. Originally, Idris Elba was in talks for the role but "a deal could not be reached and the two sides parted ways," Variety reports.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are reportedly planning a new series of Arthurian films. The story will unfold over six installments.
It has been learnt that Joby Harold has written the script and apart from Ritchie, the film will be produced by Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. Plot details have not been revealed. It is still not clear whether Law will be the main villain for all the six movies of the series or just the first one. It cannot be said how deeply the series will look into issues like Excalibur or the love triangle between the King, his wife and Lancelot.
Doing justice to the title, the movie plot will revolve around King Arthur. The importance of the Round Table will be highlighted, which being round in shape has apparently no head. The significance of having no head is that everyone sitting at the table is on an equal playing field.
The Round Table concept was first featured in "Roman de Brut", a historical piece of literature of Britain that is written by poet Wace. It is based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's "Historia Regum Britanniae".
Ritchie and Law have worked earlier in the Sherlock Holmes series. Law played the character of Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes.
Law will next be seen in the sub thriller "Black Sea" that will release 5 December, Empire Online reports.