It’s a story as old as time itself, but the tale of King Arthur is getting a thoroughly-modern retelling in the form of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Part-Lock Stock, part-Hamlet, it sees director Guy Ritchie turn his hand to one of Britain’s most famous legends in typical laddish, hyper-stylised fashion.
After working his magic on 60s spy thriller (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Victorian detective fiction (Sherlock Holmes), Ritchie looks set to the give the medieval fantasy film a much-needed shot in the arm after a series of disappointing outings.
The first of a potential six film series, Legend of the Sword boasts a cast worthy of a king, featuring Charlie Hunham (Sons of Anarchy) as the titular royal, Jude Law, Eric Bana and Game of Thrones oldboys Aiden Gillen and Michael McElhatton.
Having lost his father at the hands of his treacherous uncle as a child, Arthur must face his royal destiny when he pulls the sword Excalibur from a stone.
After the initial trailer debuted at Comic-Con in July last year, the suitably-epic official trailer is now out ahead of the film’s May 12 release.