For seven seasons, Charlie Hunnam played a grease and bloodstained biker prince on the Hamlet-inspired Sons of Anarchy. But, thanks to Guy Ritchie’s new film, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Hunnam is trading in his motorcycle helmet for a crown. Entertainment Weekly has the first look.
And it’s not much of a transformation. This version of Arthur also seems to enjoy getting his hands a little dirty and bloody. Ritchie explains that the decidedly non-regal look comes out of his idea that the world was sick and tired of goody-two-shoes versions of Arthur. He told E.W., “I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.” Shots across the Lucasfilm bow!
This is the same approach Ritchie took to his lucrative 2009 reboot of the Sherlock Holmes legend starring Robert Downey Jr. In his hands, Holmes became less gentleman boxer, and more deranged, hard-scrabble street fighter. It looks like Ritchie’s Arthurian retelling may get even more extreme. While there are many different versions of Arthur’s youth—most involving Merlin, a sword and a stone, or a lady and a lake—this story will see Arthur orphaned as an infant and raised by three prostitutes in the fifth-century version of London. Ritchie describes him as a street-wise hood. “He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler,” Hunnam says. “He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.” Not too far off from Hunnam’s roles in Sons of Anarchy or Green Street Hooligans at all.
— Charlie Hunnam Daily (@HunnamDaily) July 23, 2015
But as far as Ritchie is concerned, “grit” doesn’t necessarily equal “realism.” Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (more on that colon in a second) will feature “giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a monstrous viking-like creature known as The Nemesis,” per E.W. “Hopefully, loyalists won’t be too offended by what we’ve done,” producer Lionel Wigram told the magazine. As for the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur title, if all goes according to plan (a.k.a. doing well at the box office), Ritchie’s new version of Camelot will reportedly launch a six-film franchise. Given that Ritchie’s deal is with Warner Bros., the architects behind Zack Snyder’s wildly ambitious Justice League franchise, you can probably bet we’ll see more from Hunnam and his gang, er, band of knights. That’s right, get ready for Knights of the Roundtable: Lancelot, Knights of the Roundtable: Galahad, and, way, way down the road, Knights of the Roundtable: Guinevere. We’ve got to have something to watch when Game of Thrones ends.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 23, 2015
But just as he did with his Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie faces some major competition from other creatives wanting to take a crack at a legend. Speaking of Game of Thrones, Disney just announced that a major writer/producer on the HBO series, Bryan Cogman, will be writing a new live-action version of their popular young Arthur cartoon The Sword in the Stone. We imagine this will be a far cry from Ritchie’s gritty version, but is some competition nonetheless. Perhaps that explains Ritchie’s dig at Disney-owned Lucasfilm.
Ritchie’s film co-stars Eric Bana as Arthur’s father, Uther; Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere; Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere; and, gloriously, David Beckham as “Blackleg leader.” Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur opens summer 2016.
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck. The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck
The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Pattinson’s first film as the billionaire crime fighter Bruce Wayne, who assumes a full-body black costume to battle baddies in Gotham City, will be titled The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and set for release in June 2021. Originally scheduled to start shooting in 2017, The Batman will be the first solo Caped Crusader film to form part of the DC Extended Universe.
The Warner Bros studio confirmed to Variety on Friday that Pattinson had beaten the other names on the shortlist – which included Nicholas Hoult – to the role. Following breakthrough performances in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead working with directors such as David Cronenberg, David Michôd, the Safdie brothers and James Gray.
His recent collaboration with the French director Claire Denis, erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. He also stars in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.
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