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Rumour: Idris Elba to join Guy Ritchies King Arthur

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation could be about to make its first major casting announcement, with Idris Elba being linked to a key role in the new production.

According to Variety , Elba is in discussions with Warner over a part in the film, described in the report as “a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”

The report goes on to say that Ritchie has spent the last few months meeting with a whole host of actors, with a glut of official offers to be made over the coming weeks.

As for the film itself, it has been suggested that it could be the first instalment in a six-movie series of Camelot-based films, although that is likely to translate to a standalone film with room left for sequels.

Directed by Ritchie from a script by Joby Harold, King Arthur will open in the UK on 22 July 2016.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.