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Will Colin Farrell take up Lancelot's mantle for David Dobkin?

03.15.2012

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Back in January, Warner Bros. put the movie ARTHUR & LANCELOT from director David Dobkin (WEDDING CRASHERS) on indefinite hold due to both a ballooning budget and the belief that Kit Harrington (Arthur) and Joel Kinnaman (Lancelot) just didn't have the proper star power for this sort of thing yet.

The driving idea behind the project was to craft another "lighthearted action pic, similar in tone to Warners' successful Sherlock Holmes franchise," and it seems that the desire for another financial success akin to that of SHERLOCK HOLMES' $209 million domestic box office has not gone away as "talks with Farrell are at a very early stage" to play Lancelot. His presence would bring some of that aforementioned star power to the table, meaning perhaps that if talks do go through it will be enough to bring Harrington back as Arthur with no bad blood between the studio and Kinnaman since he's now set to be busy with ROBOCOP.

More on this soon, either way it goes.

In the meantime, here are some past Lancelots:

John Cleese as Lancelot

Nicholas Clay as Lancelot

Richard Gere as Lancelot

Ioan Gruffud as Lancelot

Extra Tidbit: Considering the Holmes/Watson dynamic they're going for, who (besides Harrington) would you cast as Arthur?

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8:47AM on 03/16/2012

"Star Power"?

Colin Farrell is not a star. He's a famous actor, but star = box office, something Farrell hasn't really ever guaranteed. Fright Night bombed (thought it's actually good), Pride and Glory bombed (and sucked); The dude hasn't headlined a major film since 2006's Miami Vice and that only did middling business for a supposed summer tent pole.
Colin Farrell is not a star. He's a famous actor, but star = box office, something Farrell hasn't really ever guaranteed. Fright Night bombed (thought it's actually good), Pride and Glory bombed (and sucked); The dude hasn't headlined a major film since 2006's Miami Vice and that only did middling business for a supposed summer tent pole.
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1:41AM on 03/16/2012
It's great to read "lighthearted action pic" associated with names like King Arthur and Sir Lancelot.

NOT!
It's great to read "lighthearted action pic" associated with names like King Arthur and Sir Lancelot.

NOT!
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3:59PM on 03/15/2012
So, all the current historical period films are developed as "lighthearted action romp" and all the superhero comicbook films are developed as "dark, brooding & realistic drama".....Shouldn't it be the other way around?? In case of Sherlock Holmes, one thing that has to be remembered is that francise only succeeded because of the pitch-perfect chemestry & acting by the duo of RDJ-Jude Law and the tailormade rapidfire direction of Guy Richie, If you don't have that match made in heaven casting
So, all the current historical period films are developed as "lighthearted action romp" and all the superhero comicbook films are developed as "dark, brooding & realistic drama".....Shouldn't it be the other way around?? In case of Sherlock Holmes, one thing that has to be remembered is that francise only succeeded because of the pitch-perfect chemestry & acting by the duo of RDJ-Jude Law and the tailormade rapidfire direction of Guy Richie, If you don't have that match made in heaven casting and direction, there won't be any next Holmesian success.

As for Arthur & Lancelot, if they are going the lighthearted way, why not just go all the way: cast Jack Black / Owen Wilson & Ben Stiller as a couple of selfish backstabbing knights who don't give f'ck about honor or helping others. Much less like Year One, more in vein with Tropic Thunder with a hard R-rating. Stiller can also be the director.
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12:47PM on 03/15/2012
Jeff Bridges as King "the dude" Arthur
John Goodman as Lancelot
Jeff Bridges as King "the dude" Arthur
John Goodman as Lancelot
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11:26AM on 03/15/2012

Extra Tidbit

Paddy Considine, Benedict Cumberbatch or Cillian Murphy
Paddy Considine, Benedict Cumberbatch or Cillian Murphy
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9:57AM on 03/15/2012
Colin Farrell? Really? Terrible idea. I love the man, he's one of the best, but not for Lancelot. As much as "King Arthur" was a terrible film, Ioan Gruffud was a good cast for Lancelot.

Still, I keep waiting for a good King Arthur movie, so I'll still probably give this a shot no matter what.
Colin Farrell? Really? Terrible idea. I love the man, he's one of the best, but not for Lancelot. As much as "King Arthur" was a terrible film, Ioan Gruffud was a good cast for Lancelot.

Still, I keep waiting for a good King Arthur movie, so I'll still probably give this a shot no matter what.
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