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Charlie Hunnam to play King Arthur in upcoming Guy Ritchie film

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is doing quite for himself lately with leading roles in Pacific Rim and the upcoming Guillermo del Toro scare-fest Crimson Peak, and now the British actor is reportedly in talks to play King Arthur in director Guy Ritchie’s planned six-film series about one of the most famous literary characters of all time.

According to Deadline, Hunnam is in final negotiations for the role, which could reunite him with his Pacific Rim costar Idris Elba, who is reportedly in talks to play a Merlin-like mentor to Arthur.

The script for the film is the latest in a series of drafts commissioned by Warner Bros., which has been attempting to bring King Arthur back to the screen in one form or another for several years now. Awake writer Joby Harold penned the current script for the film, which is intended to span six installments.

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Variety reports that Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill and Spartacus actor Jai Courtney also read for the role of Arthur. As for the rest of the cast, Godzilla and Avengers: Age Of Ultron actress Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly in talks to play the female lead in the film.

With Sons of Anarchy ending its seven-season run in the near future, it’s safe to say that Hunnam is going to stay busy after the hit series wraps up.

King Arthur is expected to hit theaters July 22, 2016.

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