Pacific Rim star may wield Excalibur as your next big-screen King Arthur

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Aug 28, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

Meet the actor who's been chosen to lead us back to Camelot.

Deadline reports that Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has been tapped by director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) to play the title role in his upcoming King Arthur epic for Warner Bros. Hunnam is reportedly is "final negotiations" for the project, which would give him a leading role in another major genre franchise, with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel also on the horizon.

Warner Bros. has been trying to get a new version of the King Arthur saga off the ground for years, and in that time several planned versions of the story have developed and then died on the vine. Among the films that might have been was a Bryan Singer-led remake of the classic Excalibur, a film titled Arthur and Lancelot that would've been led by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman in the respective title roles, and a version that would've given us Gary Oldman as Merlin and Colin Farrell as Arthur. Now Warners and Ritchie, who was also attached to one of those previous films, are pushing ahead with plans to tell the story in a massive six-film saga, beginning with a planned July 22, 2016, release for the first film.

Hunnam would reportedly join his Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba, who's attached to play a Merlin-esque mentor figure, in the film, and Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron star Elizabeth Olsen is rumored to be the female lead (whether that's Guinevere, Morgan le Fay or someone else altogether, we don't know). If all three do end up officially committing to the flick, it would make for an impressive gathering of stars to jump-start this franchise. 

So it looks like we've got our new King Arthur, and he's already got some experience with a sword. Sure, it was giant sword attached to a mech, he was only operatingly it psychically, and he needed another person's help, but he used it to slice a giant fish monster in half, so we're not arguing.

What do you think? Is Hunnam the right choice to be the new King Arthur?

(Via Coming Soon)