‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Trailer: Modern King Arthur Twist Has Patrick Stewart as Merlin

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Check out the first trailer to arrive for The Kid Who Would Be King, an upcoming fantasy-adventure that marks just the second film from Attack the Block writer-director Joe Cornish.

This  twist on the story of King Arthur is set in modern-day England and tells of a young boy, Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis – yep, Andy Serkis’ son), dealing with the usual: bullies, school, etc. He thinks he’s just a nobody, that is until he stumbles upon a certain sword in a stone. Now, with the help of his band of knights (his schoolmates) and Merlin (Patrick Stewart), who’s gone incognito in the form of another boy (Angus Imrie), Alex must save the world from wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).

There’s a nostalgic family-adventure vibe that bodes well, there’s energy to spare, what appears to be an amiable young cast, and Ferguson and Stewart for good measure. Most importantly, it looks like fun. We’ll see.

The Kid Who Would Be King will be arriving in Australia on 17 January 2019 and hitting US cinemas on 1 March 2019.

Official synopsis for The Kid Who Would Be King:

Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

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