A New King Will Rise
Entertainment Weekly|January 27,2017

The ancient legend of Camelot gets an update when CHARLIE HUNNAM wields Excalibur in KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. Can director Guy Ritchie make the character relevant to the 21st century?

Kevin P. Sullivan

KING ARTHUR MIGHT BE royalty, but in the year of our Lord 2017, another kind of hero wears the crown. Superheroes and Jedi hold court over the multiplex. The peerless knight in shining armor harks back to a different era of entertainment, when nobility and gallantry were all you needed and brand awareness was of but little concern.

So how do you make the noble sovereign of Camelot relevant and—dare we hope— cool again? For King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, out May 12, director Guy Ritchie (Snatch) decided to rethink the character from scratch. “Good guys are boring,” Ritchie told EW on the U.K. set of the movie back in July 2015. “Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy.” The problem: In his myriad iterations throughout literature, Disney cartoons, and Broadway musicals, King Arthur is full-blooded Luke Skywalker. So Ritchie and team decided to turn him into Han Solo instead.

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