The latest trailer for the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword from Warner Bros. has a lot of new footage this time around. This time we get to see King Uther (Eric Bana) sending away the infant Arthur as his castle falls in a siege, we see the waters falling to reveal Excalibur in the stone (along with a watery voiceover speaking of he who will draw the sword). The a particularly pretty image of the Lady in the Lake retrieving Excalibur after Arthur throws it in.
There's images of Mordred and presumably Merlin, though we still don't get a lot of how they're going to piece this one together. Check it out and see if you think if this feels anything more like the Arthur storyline than what's been shown thus far.
I still think that fans of the traditional Arthurian legends will need to take a few deep breaths before jumping into this one. However with Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam in the lead role as King Arthur, it's likely that sticking to the traditional narrative variations isn't really on director Guy Ritchie's mind.
In this version, when the child Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, takes 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.
So this one it looking like it'll be even more afield than going the pseudo-historical fanfiction route that the 2004 King Arthur had taken (where Arthur played by Clive Owen, was a Roman soldier). It's going to have a hard time of it, regardless, since it's release date has already been bumped two months to May 12th. Which means it'll be launching in the midst of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 fever, which releases the week prior.
So what do you think? Is it now looking any more appealing with this latest trailer? How many people started hearing Monty Python and the Holy Grail lines in their head when you saw the Lady in the Lake?