Colin Farrell is currently in negotiations to join the upcoming medieval film Arthur & Lancelot. The news comes after the previous actors attached to the Warner Bros. film, Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington and The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.
First Showing is reporting that soon after Harrington and Kinnaman joined the cast of Arthur & Lancelot in the the title lead roles, respectively, Warner Bros. shut the project down. The film’s director David Dobkin, who is known for helming Wedding Crashers, wanted Farrell on board so the film would have a more bankable actor.
Arthur & Lancelot will reportedly follow the early years of the characters, much like previous incarnations of the story. The classic tale follows Lancelot, one of King Arthur’s trusted knights, as he ends up in an adulterous relationship with his royal highness’ wife, Guinevere. Arthur will also be an illegitimate son, who’s raised by a poor knight in a village, while Lancelot is a rebellious noble who doesn’t trust the government.
There’s nod word yet on what role Farrell will be cast in if he takes on the film but hopefully it will fare better than his last epic movie, 2004’s Alexander, which is based on the life story of Alexander the Great. Despite co-starring talented Oscar winners like Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Plummer, and being directed by Oliver Stone, the movie only drew in $167 million, against a budget of $155 million.
Will Farrell have better luck this time? What do you think?