Monday, July 21, 2014

Idris Elba joins "Knights of the Round Table"


British director Guy Richie has made some astounding movies over his career. He made "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" in 1998, followed by "Snatch" in 2001. For most of his career, he was adequate at making fun, little crime capers like "Revolver" and "RocknRolla." Then his eye behind the camera adjusted a slight bit. In the late 2000's and the early 2010's, Richie directed both "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. If you watch both of his Sherlock movies then watch the films I listed above, they would look and feel like they came from two separate directors. This is why it is kind of exciting that Richie will be tackling the Arthurian legends in his next movie. 

Guy Richie's next movie will be titled "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur" and the first official casting news came today. British actor Idris Elba has been cast as Bedivere, a man who was Arthur's mentor and also rode with Arthur's father at one time. You will know Elba from a slew of different movies, from "Pacific Rim," "Thor" and BBC's "Luther." Elba is a highly accomplished actor and this will mark the second collaboration between Richie and Elba, as they worked together in 2008 in "RocknRolla."

After so many movies about King Arthur as well as several BBC incarnations, I am not sure another King Arthur movie is what we need. However, through the eye of Guy Richie, I have no doubt be both rousing and entertaining. I think the addition of Elba will make the movie at least interesting. I can't wait to see who will play Arthur, Lancelot and rest of the gang.

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