‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Killing’ actors Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman have emerged as the frontrunners for writer-director David Dobkin‘s big budget King Arthur project ‘Arthur & Lancelot.’
Heat Vision reports that the likes of Sam Claflin (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’), Dominic Cooper (‘The Devil's Double’), Hans Matheson (‘Sherlock Holmes’), Jim Sturgess (‘Across the Universe’), Ben Walker (‘Paradise Lost’) and Liam Hemsworth (‘The Hunger Games’) have read for the roles but it was Harrington and Kinnaman that impressed the studio. It is unclear whether the actors tested for single roles or for both.
Dobkin‘s $90 million “contemporary re-imagining” of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table legend is believed to be the reason Bryan Singer’s fantasy remake of John Boorman's 1981 movie ‘Excalibur’ was canned, along with Guy Ritchie's reinvention of the myth. Dobkin (‘Wedding Crashers’) is scheduled to begin shooting ‘Arthur & Lancelot’ next year for release March 2013.