Charlie Hunnam is known for his bad boy portrayal of Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, and he’s bringing that same gritty nature to Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Daily Mail reports that the first trailer for King Arthur was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con, showing the first glimpses of the streetwise hero pulling Excalibur from stone.
The trailer begins with Hunnam being interrogated for extracting the famed sword. The video then jumps to the events that led to the investigation, including Hunnam jumping off a cliff and fighting a man in the streets.
The clip doesn’t give away too many plot points and mostly includes action sequences with Hunnam and his street crew.
Aside from Hunnam, the video reveals Jude Law as the film’s main villain, King Vortigern. The King is clearly upset about Arthur obtaining Excalibur, and we already know that he murdered Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), to gain power.
Still, Arthur seems reluctant to fight, at least at first.
“I’m not getting drawn into this mess,” Hunnam tells Law. “There’s an army of you, there’s only one of me. I’ll talk, I’m happy to talk. But there is no way that I am fighting.”
Of course, Arthur’s promise doesn’t last long. The trailer then cuts to several violent scenes, including one where two huge armies crash together on a bridge.
By the end of the trailer, Hunnam is shown in prison awaiting execution.
Based on the footage, Ritchie’s version of the legendary hero is going to very different than anything seen in the past. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ritchie explained his approach to re-booting the franchise.
“I think where the pitfall has often been has trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” Ritchie stated.
Charlie Hunnam added that his version of Arthur is “a little bit rough around the edges,” and he is “basically a survivor.”
“He’s a hustler, he’s a street kid,” Hunnam continued.
The Sons of Anarchy star joined other members of the cast and crew for a panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. He wore a light blue button-up and jeans with slick backed hair for the event.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Hunnam revealed a little more about his character at Comic-Con.
“He’s a guy who’s growing up in abject poverty, but he’s a survivor,” Hunnam shared. “So, we created this sort of street version of him where he’s like a bit of a rude boy.”
Hunnam also explained how Legend of the Sword would include elements of fantasy and magic. In short, the actor describes the movie as “Lord of the Rings meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”
According to The Wrap, Hunnam is the perfect guy to pull off Ritchie’s vision. Not only does he have the physique for the role, which was on full display during the trailer, but his previous work on Sons of Anarchy fits the re-telling of Arthur perfectly.
Meanwhile, W USA 9 is reporting that Hunnam did not get to take home one of the swords from the set, even though he is notorious for stealing things once production is over.
In fact, Hunnam admitted that he once took home a motorcycle from Sons of Anarchy, though he never used it.
Speaking of Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam did confirm that he will not be involved in the upcoming prequel.
“I do believe it is happening,” he stated. “But don’t think I’m a part of it, because I wasn’t born when that was happening.”
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is set to open in theaters March 24, 2017.
Sons of Anarchy fans, tell us what you think! Does Charlie Hunnam have what it takes to make King Arthur a blockbuster in 2017? Let us know in the comments and check out the first official trailer below.
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