Fox is moving forward on its film adaptation of Monty Python comedy musical Spamalot, which was itself based on the classic 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The hit stage show has enjoyed multiple successful productions around the world since it first premiered on Broadway in 2005 and the studio are clearly hoping for big things from their silver screen version.
That’s obvious from the major names they’re allegedly chasing. According to That Hashtag Show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Dinklage and Tiffany Haddish are currently being eyed for the roles of King Arthur, his servant Patsy and the Lady in the Lake, respectively. Though the film doesn’t go before the cameras until next summer, the thinking’s that Fox is keen to nail down the cast now to make sure they’re prepared enough for all the singing and dancing that the production will require.
With two very established talents like Cumberbatch and Dinklage, it’s also smart to make sure you’ve acquired their services well in advance. Both actors, for instance, recently featured together as part of the ensemble cast of Avengers: Infinity War, one of the biggest movies of all time. Likewise, Haddish is a star on the rise who was recently named as one of Time’s most influential people of the year.
For more on what to expect, THS has got hold of some character breakdowns for the three roles in question, and you can check them out below:
KING ARTHUR: King of England. He proclaims himself King of all Britons and amasses a small army of knights. These knights include Lance, Robin, Dennis Galahad, and Bedevere. Arthur sets off on a quest, as instructed by God, to find the Holy Grail.
LADY OF THE LAKE: “A dazzling and powerful diva.” She presents Arthur with Excalibur. Arthur summons her to prove that he’s King to Galahad.
PATSY: Arthur’s trusty page. He bangs two halves of coconuts together to make it sound as if Arthur’s riding a horse.
Spamalot is set to be helmed by experienced theater director Casey Nicholaw. Presumably, it’ll be closely based on the lyrics and book co-written by Monty Python member Eric Idle. The challenge, though, will be in making sure it not only serves as a solid adaptation of the musical but also stands as an equal to the fondly remembered Holy Grail. Fingers crossed, eh?
Source: That Hashtag Show