Actor Charlie Hunnam is taking his 'King Arthur' role to a new level as the timeless medieval hero is described as "a little rough around the edges."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly at Comic-Con, Hunnam opened up about Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ and explained how it puts aside the conventional “noble” traits and conquests of the famous character and draws attention to the “reality of who this dude is” instead.
“He’s a guy who’s growing up in abject poverty, but he’s a survivor. So, we created this sort of street version of him where he’s like a bit of a rude boy,” the English actor said.
The former ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star also explained how the new ‘King Arthur’ has rolled two movies into one.
“I’ve always sort of pitched this, but I’m not sure if anyone at the studio will like this, but when my friends have asked me about this film, I’ve said it’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’” Hunnam added. “As unlikely as the two films collide and seem, that seems to be what we’ve created here.”
‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ is scheduled for a premiere on Mar. 24, 2017, and Hunnam promises that the film will also draw attention to characters such as Merlin, Morgana and the Lady of the Lake.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old actor is also expected to make a comeback in the second ‘Pacific Rim’ movie.
Following the uncertainty behind the details of ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ fans were given a ray of hope after the sequel was announced and Jon Boyega from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was said to take the lead role. However, Legendary Pictures became silent once more.
While moviegoers have wondered about Hunnam reprising his role, helmer Guilermo del Toro recently dropped a hint that has spurred excitement among the actor’s fans.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro was asked whether Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi will reprise their roles as Jaeger pilots Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, respectively.
"As a producer, I learned not to declare anything about a movie I'm not directing. I can tell you this – a lot of the cast from the first movie is coming back,” del Toro responded. “I leave those communications to Steven DeKnight. He's not only a director, but he's actually a guy I respect and admire and it's his movie."
Del Toro is known for his directorial work on the first ‘Pacific Rim’ movie and will be a producer for the upcoming sequel.
More recently, however, Hunnam explained how he was approached to come back to the sequel and fight “kaiju” monsters using mecha-robots once more. Yet, the actor was forced to say goodbye to the production at an earlier time due to scheduling problems. Nonetheless, he has released the following statement about the upcoming monster mash sequel: “I’m very excited about it. I’m glad they’re making it.”
Helmed by DeKnight, ‘Pacific Rim 2’ is set for release in 2017.