Late last year, Warner Bros. had to pull the plug on Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin’s script for Arthur & Lancelot because the budget was more than the studio wanted to pay for a movie with no big stars in lead roles. (The film was to be led by “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington and new Robocop Joel Kinnaman.) Now the WB has set their sights on Colin Farrell, and his star power might be just what they need to get this movie back in business. More after the jump.
The story is a “contemporary style re-imagining” of the classic Sword and the Stone tale. Deadline says that Gary Oldman was offered the role of Merlin during the film’s earlier incarnation, but will likely be approached again now that Farrell is taking on the juicy role of Lancelot. (They’re still searching for an Arthur.) The studio had once set the release date for March of 2013, but there’s no word yet on when things are getting underway this time around.
Oldman sounds like a perfect Merlin. I was on the fence about Farrell until I saw In Bruges, but he was really great in that movie so now I’m much more interested in his future projects. I’d love to see him take on something that has the likelihood to be really high profile. Even though he’s starring in the upcoming Total Recall remake, that movie doesn’t seem to have the mainstream attention that such a classic story might garner. How about you – do you think Farrell is right for the role of Lancelot?