Cast the King Arthur Movie

Friday, March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm

When it comes to King Arthur movies, Hollywood seems to have developed a sudden obsession. According to reports, there are currently three big-screen adaptations being planned for the legendary king of the Britons. While some may never see the light of day, it’s enough to drive sword-wielding fanboys to distraction.

In this installment of the Casting Couch, you’ll be challenged to cast the King Arthur movie. Whether you’re going for a more traditional version or a teen-oriented tale, your goal is to find the right combination of looks, talent, and starpower.

But before we get to that, let’s examine the King Arthur film projects currently in development:

Now let’s take a look at the characters for our King Arthur movie:

And, no, these guys aren’t included…

And in case you’re having trouble thinking of ideas, here are a few casts from previous films about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

King Arthur (2004)

Excalibur (1981)

First Knight (1995)

Now it’s time for my official selections for the King Arthur movie. Share your own picks in our comments section.

Daniel Craig as King Arthur – Craig has an awfully rugged face to be 42, but that’s perfect for a king with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s more than capable of handling the action scenes, and he looks in period costume.

Olivia Wilde as Guinevere– The queen consort of Arthur needs to be young and hot, so who better than Scottish hottie Olivia Wilde? She’s even more lovely as a brunette, but I always picture Guinevere as a blonde. Besides, you need someone who’s hot enough to cause the ultimate downfall of Camelot, and Wilde more than fits the bill.

Clive Owen as Sir Lancelot – While I realize that Owen has already played King Arthur, I still think he’d make a better Lancelot. Why? Owen is fantastic as a sword-wielding badass, and he just looks like the type of guy who could steal your woman.

Billy Connolly as Merlin – While he’s better known for being a comic, Billy Connolly has turned in a number of solid dramatic performances over the years (Mrs. Brown, for example). Plus, he looks fantastic with long hair and a white beard.

Zac Efron as Sir Galahad– Galahad is supposed to be the son of Sir Lancelot, so we need someone from the younger generation. Galahad is also supposed to be a paragon of chastity, so you need someone who looks like they’d be constantly tempted by lusty medieval wenches. Efron is that guy.

Chris Pine as Mordred – Yes, he’s Captain Kirk, but anyone who watched Carriers knows that Pine can also play a convincing asshole. Since Mordred’s hand guides the blow that takes Arthur out of the world, a world-class jerk is what’s required.

Colin Farrell as Sir Gawain– A brash warrior who protects women and the poor, Farrell has all the necessary charm and physical abilities to pull off this role. And it doesn’t get any more brash.

Kate Beckinsale as Morgan le Fay – I rest my case.

Sean Bean as Sir Bedivere – How about giving Sean Bean a heroic role where he doesn’t die?  That would be novel.

Emma Watson as The Lady of the Lake– Since she’s an ageless being, I figured I’d go borderline jailbait with The Lady of the Lake. At the moment, nobody embodies that quality more than Miss Hermione Grainger.


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March 13, 2010

Ballard Andy White

Ben Stiller as King Arthur – He’s old enough now, and it would be a brave choice. If you couldn’t get him for the role, either Jim Carrey or Nicholas Cage could pull it off.

Christine Taylor as Guinevere – She’s beautiful and a love affair between her an Ben Stiller is believable. And an affair with Lancelot is believable too. Liv Tyler would be a fine 2nd choice.

Owen Wilson as Sir Lancelot – This one’s obvious.

Bill Murray as Merlin – Again, an obvious choice. If he’s unwilling to do it, Larry David would make an excellent second choice.

Seth Rogen as Sir Galahad – This would help Rogen break out of his “bad boy” image. If he’s not available, you might consider casting Jon Heder.

Michael Emerson as Mordred – One might argue that he’s not young enough for the role. Nay, verily, I say unto thee!

John Krasinski as Sir Gawain – Again, the obvious choice.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Morgan le Fay – Totally hot and totally believable as a sorceress. If she’s not available, how about Virginia Madsen?

Nathan Baesel as Sir Bedivere – How could you even think about casting anyone else in this role? Nathan Baesel IS Bedivere!

Cate Blanchett as The Lady of the Lake – Didn’t you see the Lord of the Rings?

And of course, you left out Uther Pendragon. I have the perfect actor for that role too–Rip Torn.

May 20, 2010


Personally, King Arthur (2004) will probably be my favourite out of all the Arthur movies. I am excited to see what happens with this one though.

I think that most of the choices put in in the post are pretty good. I personally would not cast Zac Efron, Chris Pine or Kate Beckinsdale.

Arthur-Daniel Craig.

Guenivere-Definitely Olivia Wilde.

Merlin-Billy Connoly would be great for this role. I think that Christopher Lee would also do a well in this part.

Lancelot-Hmm. Maybe Ryan Reynolds…

Galahad-Garrett Hedlund or Jake Gyllenhaal. He needs to be innocent and act innocent. Hence these two.

Mordred-I’m not quite sure who yet… he needs to look innocent. He shouldn’t be a brute. I think he should be more brains than brawn.

Morgan Le Fay-Helena Bonham Carter.

Gawain- I love the idea of Colin Ferrel as Gawain! He needs to have this role! (But I also think that Sam Worthington, Andy Whitefield, or Gerard Butler would do a good Gawain.)

Lady of the Lake-Emma Watson is a decent choice. But Gemma Arterton would do more justice to that role.

May 20, 2010


Oh yeah… and Sean Bean would be a great Bedivere! 🙂

May 20, 2010


Thanks for the thoughts, Emma. You’ve got some great selections. Let’s hope Hollywood takes your advice!

May 21, 2010

Atticus Hamilton

I’m thrilled to find this site because I was having this very discussion with a co~worker. We think it’s high time Hollywood give us a film worthy of the Arthurian Legend.

I nominate Josh Hartnett as Lancelot

Amanda Seyfried as Guinevere

November 1, 2010

Alina San Juan

The legend of Arthur is also part truth, as new discoveries are proving.
I would provide a cast without Lancelot, and though he became the most famous knight in Arthur’s court, he is only a French invention to compete with Sir Gawain, and have one of their own invading English history.
There are better stories than the one produced by Mallory, stories based in the Mabinogion of Celtic lore. Stories like, for example, those of Mary Stewart.
It’s a pity that Camelot has come down history as the setting for Lancelot and Guinevere’s adultery.
Why then did Arthur gave the name to the legend???

April 29, 2011


ABSOLUTELY NOT THIS OLD GUY FOR KING ARTHUR!!!!!!!!!! HE NEEDS TO BE YOUNG, BLONDE AND HOT!!!!! or at a minimum, blonde. *cough cough* BRADLEY JAMES, ANYBODY???? DO YOU PPL WATCH MERLIN ON BBC???????? like the guy’s perfect, he does a fantastic job, I’m writing an Arthurian novel that has been solely inspired by his performance…without plagiarizing. 🙂 Anyway, this would give hima chance to have a cute blonde leading lady, sorry but the guinevere they picked doesn’t really fit the part. The guy who plays her brother is great, but her…not so much. so yeah…BRADLEY JAMES FOR ARTHUR!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!

April 29, 2011


BTW everyone but Arthur’s great…sorry, I got sidetracked 🙂

December 15, 2014


I like all your choices! Good job! Especially for Arthur’s “true” lady.


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