Deadline is reporting that Sons of Anarchy star, Charlie Hunnam, has signed a deal that will see him portray one of Hollywood’s greatest and most beloved kings, King Arthur. The deal is said to span over six films, which will help to cement Hunnam’s relevance in film, after the end of this 7th and final season of Sons of Anarchy.
Of course, Hunnam is attached to the Pacific Rim sequel, but that shouldn’t interfere with King Arthur…at least we hope not. Charlie Hunnam has been the driving force behind the insane popularity of Sons of Anarchy. His brash attitude and smoldering, thoughtful scenes, reveal a real talent for the craft of acting.
Hunnam recently turned down the starring role in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, much to the chagrin of housewives everywhere, and many thought that was a mistake, as it would more than likely rocket his acting career to heights not previously seen. However, as a fan of Charlie Hunnam, I am very glad he turned down that role, because a six movie deal to portray King Arthur, easily the most recognized and sought after role in Hollywood, will make Hunnam a household name.
According to Deadline, the King Arthur movie project has seen its fair share of turmoil. This is directly from Deadline’s article:
“The King Arthur saga has been a priority project in different incarnations at Warner Bros for years. There was a different version Ritchie was going to make based on a script by Trainspotting scribe John Hodge; another that David Dobkin scripted (studio paid him $2 million) and was going to direct, until the $130 million budget on Arthur & Lancelot was deemed $20 million too high in a movie that was to topline Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington to play Arthur and Robocop’s Joel Kinnaman to play Lancelot. Another attempt on that movie was made with Colin Farrell as Arthur and Gary Oldman as Merlin, to no avail. Then there was the new version of John Boorman’s excellent Excalibur that had X-Men helmer Bryan Singer attached, and there was a Harry Potterseque take developed by producer Donald De Line.”
I gotta say, Guy Ritchie’s version seem way better than any of those. Although I really do enjoy Kit Harrington as an actor, if he played King Arthur in a movie, all anyone would be able to see is, Jon Snow finally takes the throne. Also, what the actual heck does a Harry Potter styled King Arthur movie even look like?
I mean, would a young Arthur go to a magical school where Merlin is the headmaster? Perhaps students get sorted by trying to pull a sword from a stone, and Arthur screws it up for everyone else by pulling the sword out and breaking the stone?
Anyway, what do you think about this new King Arthur saga starring Charlie Hunnam? Do you think a 6 movie stretch is a bit too much? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.