The perennial indie movie hit machine A24 released the trailer for its latest genre piece today, so please welcome The Green Knight, directed by David Lowery, to your life. It's a bleak take on the Arthurian legend of the same name, starring Dev Patel, Joel Edgerton, Alicia Vikander, Barry Keoghan, and Game of Thrones's Ralph Ineson as the Green Knight himself. As we've come to expect from A24 and Lowery himself, this thing looks stunning and scary. Let's dive deeper.
If you don't know by now, you should be very pumped for any David Lowery project. The Texas-based filmmaker has made one hell of an impact in his decade on the scene, helming the sexy western Ain't Them Bodies Saints, the criminally underrated live-action reimagining of Pete's Dragon (seriously, seek it out), and the meditative, perfectly weighted A Ghost Story (yes, the one in which Rooney Mara eats an entire pie in one take). He also co-edited one of the best movies of the decade, Upstream Color, with the famously fastidious Shane Carruth, who wrote, directed, starred in, shot, and scored the movie himself. So, yeah, this guy can be trusted with a good story.
But also, let's back up: Who is the titular Green Knight?
"The Green Knight" is one of the weirder, more hardcore stories to emerge from the legend of King Arthur. Basically, one day a not-so-jolly green giant (Ineson) interrupts one of the king's famous round table meetings and challenges anyone willing to strike him down with his own axe, which he will then give the brave soul. The catch? He's going to return the blow one year and one day later. Arthur's youngest knight (and in some stories, his nephew), Sir Gawain (Patel) takes the challenge and cleanly beheads the knight, who promptly picks his head back up, tells Gawain he'll see him next year, and walks out. That is, as they say in business books, how to make an impression.
Gawain's no coward, and over the next year travels and prepares to meet his fate, coming across no small amount of mythical threats and weirdos on his way to the Green Chapel, but that's all best left unspoiled unless you want to read the original text for yourself. Long story short: There are a lot of reasons to be seriously excited for this film.
The Green Knight will be released this summer. Start brushing up on your Arthurian tales now.
Originally Appeared on GQ