Every journey begins with one solitary step. For Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, their ambitious Arthurian legend franchise which is set to spawn six films took its first tentative trots forward today. Guy Ritchie’s medieval fantasy reboot, Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur has officially entered production, and has been marked by the now-mandatory First Day of Production Tweet.
The first snapshot was posted to Ritchie’s Twitter along with the brief caption: “First day on KORT.” Standing beside the director is his leading man, Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam. The British actor nabbed the lead role of Arthur last year, and has since been joined by Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere and Eric Bana as Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon. Up in the air and as-yet unconfirmed are Djimon Hounsou, who was tapped for a “mentor-like” role after Idris Elba left that spot vacant, and Jude Law, who was eyed for a villainous supporting part.
As mentioned above, Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur is positioned as the first in six features spun out of the Arthurian lore. They will vary from previous movies on the subject, as their source is Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, a 1485 compilation of French and English tales.
Ritchie, who previously dabbled with a different type of Brit-grit with flicks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, is also producing the movie along with Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and the film’s screenwriter, Joby Harold.
Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur is currently set to open on July 22, 2016.