'Sons of Anarchy' star choice for 'King Arthur'

AFP Relax News

Guy Ritchie's tale of medieval legend, "King Arthur," looks like it's found its main man, with Charlie Hunnam of biker gang series "Sons of Anarchy" said to be Guy Ritchie's preferred choice.

Idris Elba ("The Wire," "Thor") is another tip for the film and, if secured, Hunnam will be teaming up with Elba for the second time, after the two hit cinemas as part of Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim."

Elba was thought to be in line for the role of older mentor Bedivere, having already worked with Ritchie on 2008 gangster flick "RocknRolla."

Having broken the Hunnam news, Deadline is earmarking Elba for the role of Merlin instead, a view echoed by Variety, which has Elizabeth Olsen ("Godzilla," "Avengers: Age of Ultron") as female lead.

Following "RocknRolla," Ritchie's next two films were "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the lead roles.

Hunnam rose to fame with turns in "Cold Mountain" and "Children of Men" before taking the "Sons of Anarchy" part in 2008.

Despite their North American success, both Hunnam and Elba are of British origin; the Warner Bros production "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur" is to succeed 2004's "King Arthur" and 2007's lesser-known "The Last Legion" as Hollywood's latest take on the mysterious legend.