Behold the magic of the latest trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Apr 28, 2017, 1:21 PM EDT (Updated)

Warner Bros. has released an exciting new trailer for director Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, featuring plenty of new footage.

The fantasy movie stars Charlie Hunnam in the role of King Arthur, Jude Law as Vortigern, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon. Also starring are Annabelle Wallis and Merlin's very own Katie McGrath.

My first brush with the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was when I saw director John Boorman's excellent Excalibur back in 1981. Since then, I've been a massive fan of the Arthurian tales, and also being a fan of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, I've been looking forward to seeing what the director will do with this story. So far, I have to say my interest has been piqued. But can the movie be as good as Excalibur?

While the first trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword showed a more "grounded" world (and I'm using the term loosely), this latest offering is filled with magic and a hint at the true power of the Sword in the Stone: Excalibur.

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. Joining the rebellion and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to address her and eventually understand her magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.

Check out the new trailer below. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens on May 12.

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