The fact that shooting was supposedly completed over a year ago on this movie doesn’t bode well. And I can’t say that this first teaser trailer for what director Guy Ritchie has said will be the first of six films should this one be a box office success [which I doubt] has got me in any way excited for the movie, which doesn’t seem like it will have much to do with the actual legends and – by the looks of this trailer – will be emphasising the fantastical with enormous elephants straight out of The Return Of The King and some very strange body armour. And Ritchie, whose previous film The Man From U.N.C.L.E. wasn’t too good, seems like a bizarre choice of director, though hopefully after this he’ll make a third Sherlock Holmes adventure.
In any case you can watch the trailer below and you may feel differently to me. I think it’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever get a King Arthur movie as good as 1981’s Excalibur, though the 2004 King Arthur wasn’t bad.
The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.
Scripted by Joby Harold, Ritchie, and Lionel Wigram, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, and Aidan Gillen, and opens in cinemas on May 12, 2017.