1st pics of Joseph Fiennes as Merlin in the new Camelot TV series

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

We told you about the upcoming Starz series Camelot and Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward), who's playing Merlin on the show, only a few short days ago. Now we have our very first peek at what the actor actually LOOKS like as the famous wizard and it's rather ... interesting.

[Please note: At the request of the photographer, the photos referred to in this piece have been removed.]

It's a bit shocking at first to see Fiennes without his mop of hair, but when you think about it, Camelot does well to take its own spin with the character. We're far from the look Nicol Williamson sported in that 1981 John Boorman movie Excalibur and from Colin Morgan's own appearance as the young wizard in Merlin. And that's definitely a good thing.

Speaking about Merlin, Fiennes told irishcentral that:

"He is more of a warrior monk and less of a Zen Obi-Wan Gandalf. I think there's a duality with Merlin ... he fights fire with fire; he drives out a nail with another nail. He doesn't turn the other cheek. I don't think Merlin is a villain, but he is far from driven snow. I think he is full of Machiavellian machinations. There's an element of Willy Wonka, Donald Rumsfeld and Obi-Wan to him."

So what do you think? Do you like the way Fiennes looks as Merlin? And will you be tuning in to Camelot?

(via spoilertv)