There’s plenty of excitement building for Guy Ritchie’s foray into the mythical world of King Arthur. With both Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. under his belt, Mr Ritchie’s now turning his distinctive directing style to the most iconic of old English fables. In cinemas May 19, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword promises action, tension and that trademark Guy Ritchie swagger. Prepare yourself with our rundown of the characters that are with Arthur, or against him…
Arthur (Charlie Hunnam)
Raised in poverty, Arthur learnt to look after himself quickly and gain quite the reputation for himself in Londinium. What he doesn’t realise is that he’s actually the rightful heir to the throne, which was taken from him by his villainous uncle, Vortigern. What he’s faced with now is the hardest challenge of his life; coming to terms with his true identify, and the responsibility resting on his shoulders.
Under Ritchie’s direction and with Hunnam on board as our lead, this incarnation of Arthur is unlike anything you’ve seen before. He’s ruthless as he defeats his enemies in the movie’s intense battle scenes, while his tenderness shines in both rallying those who fight by his side and the people that rely on him.
Vortigern (Jude Law)
Mr Law’s no stranger to working with Guy Ritchie, and as the villain of the piece, his take on Vortigern is both penetrating and cruel. If you need any reassurance as to just how low Vortigern will stoop to get what he wants, remember that he gained the throne by truly evil means, storming the castle without mercy.
Naturally, Vortigern is less than delighted at the idea of Arthur moving in to reclaim his throne and birthright. That said, Vortigern is very cunning, and puts his plans into motion with cold, ruthless precision. Arthur will have to do more than simply show up at the castle and demand his throne back to win the day here.
The Mage (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey)
This is a Guy Ritchie movie, so you’re not going to see a damsel in distress here. The Mage is integral to the film and Arthur’s gradual realisation of his true power. Her ability to control animals and mythical forces around them cements her position as a powerful ally in the rebellion.
Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou)
A calm and trusted confidant to Arthur, Bedivere’s got some experience under his belt. Every hero needs a voice of reason, and Bedivere’s counsel helps Arthur to see past his anger to focus on the bigger picture.
Bedivere has a wealth of experience from his time serving King Uther, Arthur’s father, and remained loyal to the true crown even after Vortigern seized power. Bedivere has waited 25 years for Arthur to return, so there’s no way he’s leaving the rising King’s side now.
Goosefat Bill (Aidan Gillen)
Having already proven his action fantasy talents elsewhere, Aidan Gillen doesn’t disappoint as the charismatic and agile archer Goosefat Bill in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The nickname Bill comes from his reputation as a man that is simply too smart and fast to ever be caught by Vortigern’s guardsmen. He’s a slippery customer for sure.
Bill’s abilities in combat are second to none, and they’re put to able use alongside Arthur’s raw strength. Whereas the true King takes on his enemies blade to blade, Goosefat Bill is more likely to be the friend on the rooftops, taking shots at enemy reinforcements before Arthur even sees them coming.
Naturally, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will see many more memorable characters bring the legend to life. What twist on Arthurian legend are you most looking forward to seeing?