Eric Bana to Play King Arthur’s Father in ‘Knights of the Round Table’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Eric Bana King Arthur Nights of
Rindoff/Le Segretain/French Select/Getty Images

Eric Bana is set to play Uther, the father of King Arthur, in Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Round Table” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

Charlie Hunnam will play Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey playing Guinevere. Jude Law is also in talks for the role of the villain.

Ritchie will direct with a script from Joby Harold. Ritchie and Harold are also producing along with Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, though the pic is set to open on July 22, 2016. Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing for the studio.

The studio hopes the film can kick-start another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.

For Bana, the role isn’t the biggest, but the studio and Ritchie were always looking for a big name for the part to make a splash for the time he is onscreen, originally going to Liam Neeson before circling back with Bana.

Bana, who is repped by WME, recently wrapped production on Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and is also attached to star in the spy action comedy “Special Correspondents,” which has Ricky Gervais writing and directing as well as Jim Sheridan’s “The Secret Scripture.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Leave a Reply

2 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Eric Bana deserves a great role regarding his great appeareance, elegance and good performance, in this compettive world I consider that he will be great in any role as Hector or as Hanna’s father.

  2. PETER says:

    Bana was great in MUNICH and as Hector in the underrated TROY. And BLACK HAWK DOWN. But they really think they’re gonna have a successful franchise out of the King Arthur story? Sounds like CAMELOT to me! Who’s playing Lancelot? Will this be a musical? Why didn’t they get Hugh Jackman? Will there be any FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY in it? And didn’t Kiera Knightly do a King Arthur movie? Eric Bana used to be an awesome looking guy. Back in the day. About ten years ago. Just saying.

More Film News from Variety

Loading