On the NFL's Championship Sunday this week, Warner Bros. lobbed this excellent new promo for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ... and, in my estimation, it was a solid catch in the end zone.
Rumors have been swirling about the eventual reception of this medieval fantasy, shot through the modern lens of Ritchie's trademark, hyper-cool style, and the release date has been juggled around several times after being in the can for nearly a year.
But with a firm launch set in stone (sorry, couldn't resist), this revisionist tale of the magical sword Excalibur could take a hefty slice out of the early summer box office (although a couple of little films called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant might have something to say about that).
Think of it as King Arthur: Year Zero with some familiar elements of the lore and a menagerie of mystical beasts, blazing sorcery, kickass brawls and some key players from Game of Thrones thrown in for good measure.
Here's the official synopsis:
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur's journey from the streets to the throne.
When the child Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside-down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy … whether he likes it or not.
Co-starring Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Mikael Persbrandt, Lorraine Bruce and Hermione Corfield, it will be interesting to see if audiences are ready for slick retelling of the Arthurian myth ... and if Warner Bros.' move to delay its arrival proves costly.
Charge into this latest look at King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and tell us if you'll follow Ritchie's gritty armored blokes into battle when the movie finally opens on May 12.
(Via Comic Book Movie)