Idris Elba Eyes Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ at Warner Bros.

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Idris Elba is in talks to join Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-production “King Arthur” film, which has Guy Ritchie attached to direct.

Sources say that Elba would play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.

Joby Harold penned the script and is producing with Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell.

Plot details are under wraps with the film set to bow on July 22, 2016.

Warners had always planned to go out with a straight offer for Elba’s role, but for the part of Arthur, the plan is to begin putting out test offers next week to actors who would test the first week of August.

Ritchie has been meeting with actors over the past few months, and sources say some of the thesps had expected to receive those offers soon, though their identities are still unknown.

The most recent of numerous “King Arthur” adaptations was a 2004 version starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Warners had previously tried getting an “Arthur & Lancelot” pic off the ground with David Dobkin directing and Kit Harington starring, but the project never made it into production.

Elba continues his hot streak of meaty roles with a handful of pics set to bow including “No Good Deed” opposite Taraji P. Henson and “The Gunman” alongside Sean Penn. He also will appear in “Bastille Day” and voice Shere Khan in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”

He is repped by WME, Headshell Management and the Artists Partnership.

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  1. Cornwall says:

    Could work really well, it well knows Silures were the first people in England and that Picts and Moors were black, Merlin is ageless so as long as he is an original Brit and from Tintagel, then this will go down well with Cornish fans, heck we could all black up in traditional costumes for the film.

  2. bjl, ny says:

    really? and then next we’ll have an all white cast for raisin in the sun? or maybe a chinese Mandela? king arthur is a celtic story and should be told with a celtic (specifically welsh) cast. to cast “color blind” is to cast racist. you do both sides disservice. you would never consider casting african legends with caucasians, so why insult the caucasians by casting outside the parameters of their culture? it’s the same when they cast thor…. multicultural casting in the ONE PLACE where it IS ALL WHITE FOLKS. the norse didn’t have asian gods or heros anymore than the japanese had white gods or heros. Casting doesn’t make it so, it simply insults the intelligence of the viewers and the cultures you try to dilute. so wrong on so many levels…. let’s have an all white joy luck club.

    • Cornwall says:

      Wrong the Romans originally described English people as Ethiopian looking, we have loads of stories about the original Brits being short dark skinned with dark curly hair, and wrinkly skin, it’s what real Pixies look like. Stop being ignorant and racist. Your thinking of Anglo Saxons who are white and they came over from norther Europe.

      Go and pick up a history book before posting next time.

      • Joe Walker says:

        Could you please name some of the history books where the English – who didn’t exist until after Roman rule ended in Britain – were described as Ethiopian looking by the Romans?

      • Adamh O'Connor says:

        Tacitus (1st century AD) described the Britons as follows: some were red-haired and blue-eyed, like the Germans (especially Britons in Caledonia, now Scotland), some were dark-haired and olive-skinned, like the Spaniards (Britons in Cornwall and Wales), and some were blonde and fair-skinned like the Gauls.

        The Silurians were Celts and inhabited south eastern Wales.

    • Marc Watkins says:

      I hope you had the same anger when Christian Bale was cast as the Hebrew Moses, and Joel Edgerton was cast as the Egyptian Pharoah. That’s two white guys, one who is British, the other Australian, playing characters in Ancient Egypt, a time and region where white people weren’t around. At least idris Elba is actually a British born actor. If you aren’t equally outraged about the Exodus movie, then clearly that says something about you.

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