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Charlie Hunnam talks King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword with Empire Online

“He calls it fuck-dust. He liberally sprinkled fuck-dust on the film.” ‘Fuck-dust’ is, according to Charlie Hunnam, the term Guy Ritchie assigns to achieving just the right dose of magical realism.

For a boy who grew up “carving sticks into swords”, it was “a childhood dream come true to play King Arthur”, (and for the seemingly unconventional choice of Guy Ritchie, no less) Hunnam affirmed to Empire in our new issue. “[Ritchie’s] created a very rich, exciting world. I describe it to my friends as Lord Of The Rings meets Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. [It’s] an unlikely marriage of two things, but it works.” Maybe not such a leftfield choice of director after all.

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As expected, the British director has a unique vision for the famous king. “We wanted to make an ignoble Arthur, at least at first,” Hunnam says. “We wanted him to feel contemporary, selfish, somewhat rough around the edges.”

The director also had a novel way of making sure Hunnam was the right Arthur for his film, pushing the actor so hard about being in shape that he snapped during the audition process. “I said, ‘You know what? Fucking stop the camera. I’m starting to lose my temper. I know those other pricks you’ve got reading for this role (namely Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender). If you bring them in right now, I’ll fucking fight them both at once for the role, and we’ll see what’s up with the physicality.’ Guy said, ‘Fucking hell, alright – calm down, mate.’” Though we’d surely be foolish to bet against Supes and Magneto, it sounds like Hunnam is ready for the challenge.

For more on King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, pick up the new issue of Empire on sale this Thursday. Or you can subscribe to Empire (including an instant digital subscription) right here. King Arthur is released in cinemas on 24 March 2017.


Charlie Hunnam, Lea Seydoux to Star in Drake Doremus’ Next Film

Charlie Hunnam, Lea Seydoux to Star in Drake Doremus’ Next Film

Charlie Hunnam and Lea Seydoux will star in Drake Doremus’ next film.

Doremus, the director behind Like Crazy, recently helmed the sci-fi film Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

The currently untitled project is being described as a “unique love story” by sources, but all other plot details are being kept under wraps. Rich Greenberg wrote the screenplay.

Ridley Scott’s production banner, Scott Free Productions, which also worked with Doremus on Equals, is producing.

Hunnam, who starred on FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy, next will be seen in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which is set to hit theaters in March, and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. He also is attached to star in production company Red Granite’s remake of Papillon, the 1973 classic prison-escape drama toplined by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Danish helmer Michael Noer is attached to direct, and Rami Malek is in talks to co-star.

Seydoux starred opposite Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond installment, Spectre, and was recently seen in theaters in the Yorgos Lanthimos’ festival standout The Lobster.

Hunnam is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Seydoux is repped by WME and the U.K.’s United.


‘Lost City Of Z’ To Close New York Film Festival

‘Lost City Of Z’ To Close New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set as its closing film The Lost City Of Z, the period adventure that James Gray directed and scripted from the David Grann nonfiction book. The film, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, will make its world premiere at the festival’s final gala screening on Saturday, October 15.

Pic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), the British military man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Miller) and family. His plunge into the Amazon, shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, alternates between rapture and dizzying terror.

Said New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones: “James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have. Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but The Lost City Of Z represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”

Said Gray, whose 2014 film The Immigrant played in the 51st New York Film Festival, called the selection “truly a dream come true for me to have The Lost City Of Z selected for the closing night of the New York Film Festival. “I couldn’t be more honored that the film’s world premiere will be in my hometown, a city I still love above all others.”

Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, and Dale Armin Johnson produced, and Brad Pitt and Marc Butan are the exec producers.

NYFF previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th will open the festival, while the Mike Mills-directed 20th Century Women will premiere in the Centerpiece slot.


‘Mr. Robot’ Star Rami Malek Joins Charlie Hunnam in ‘Papillon’

THR_Rami_Malek_SHOT_01_0242_040216_V1_R2_RGB Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is in talks to star with Charlie Hunnam in Papillon, the remake of the classic Steve McQueen prison break movie.

Danish helmer Michael Noer is attached to direct the film. The original pic centers on Henri “Papillon” Charriere (played by McQueen), who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a notorious island prison. En route, Papillon meets a quirky convicted counterfeiter named Louis Dega (played in the original film by Dustin Hoffman). In exchange for protection, Dega agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escape, ultimately resulting in a lasting friendship.

Hunnam will portray the character played by McQueen, while Malek will take on the role played by Hoffman.

Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller Prisoners, penned the new script.

The film is being produced by Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. While Red Granite is currently engulfed in a major embezzlement scandal alleged to involve billions of dollars, the U.S. Department of Justice decided to allow the banner to operate as usual during the federal investigation into its connection to an alleged Malaysian money-laundering scheme, stating that the focus of the investigation would be on The Wolf of Wall Street, and not the company’s other films, including Papillon. A representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the company was planning on moving forward with Papillon, with shooting planned for September.

Malek is the breakout star of USA’s hacker series Mr. Robot, which premiered its second season in July. His film credits include Need for Speed, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. He is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Loeb & Loeb.


Charlie:’King Arthur’ is ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’

Charlie Discusses ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ with Fandango

Charlie doesn’t appear until the 14 minute mark just so you know!

Charlie Talks with Entertainment Weekly on SiriusXM at Comic-Con 2016

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