The Kid Who Would Be King | Official Trailer [HD] | Fox Family Entertainment

The Kid Who Would Be King: New trailer unleashes more magical glimpses of Patrick Stewart as Merlin

Contributed by
Dec 27, 2018, 11:01 AM EST

Are you worthy to watch the new trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King

Our latest look at the second genre feature from director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) wastes no time in reminding us that the studio, 20th Century Fox, delivered fantastical films like Night at the Museum and Percy Jackson. Even the characters in the trailer mention Harry Potter and Star Wars, driving home that this is one of those epic world-building kind of movies.

Also written by Cornish, the feature stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis (Andy Serkis' son) as Alexander Elliot, a bullied schoolboy who discovers the sword of King Arthur (aka Excalibur) at a construction site. As a result, he must assemble his own Knights of the Round Table and prevent the evil witch Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) from taking over the world.

Check out a bunch of new character posters in the gallery below:

Helping Alex on his quest is the wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), who takes the form of a younger man (Angus Imrie) in order to blend in with the youths of Britain.

Speaking to Empire Magazine for the publication's preview of 2019, Cornish revealed that the idea for this film had been gestating for 35 years, thought up when he was just 13 years old. Originally titled 20th Century Hero, the name was dropped once humanity rang in the new millennium. Even so, ideas like the sword popping out of a bathtub stuck with the filmmaker all these years; his teenage doodles made it into the finished product. Updating the Arthurian legend for modern day was a no-brainer.

"The good thing is, it never happened," Cornish told Empire. "It's all poetic myth, and therefore it can be written and rewritten by each generation. That's what I did. I took from it what I thought was useful and the rest of it — the boring stuff — I chucked out."

The Kid Who Would Be King (the title being an ode to John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King) hits theaters Jan. 25.