Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon joins forces with a band of knights and the legendary wizard Merlin when the wicked enchantress Morgana threatens the future of mankind.
Initial release: January 25, 2019 (USA)
Director: Joe Cornish
Screenplay: Joe Cornish
Music composed by: Christophe Beck, Electric Wave Bureau
Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
The Kid Who Would Be King is an upcoming British fantasy adventure and adventure film written and directed by Joe Cornish. The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy Serkis), Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart. The film will be released in the United States on January 25, 2019 and in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2019.
The poster appeared today in the feed of 20th Century Fox on Twitter, and at first it may seem like a familiar and cheesy adventure that seems to be in the bin of the bargain at Walmart, especially with the phrases “Evil is taught” and “The children rule.” Besides, it makes that stupid poster to have milestones in the background so we know where the movie takes place, but the talent behind this movie has us intrigued.
The Kid Who Would Be King comes from writer and director Joe Cornish, who has not directed a feature film since he launched against the bloody and fantastic Attack the Block. Cornish has worked on the screenplays of The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man since then, but, for the rest, he has not yet followed up on his promising feature-film directorial debut. So, the fact that he is behind the camera and the script of this new project is quite attractive, especially because the concept seems to be a backward movement in the same way that Attack the Block was.
The fantasy adventure follows a 12-year-old British boy named Alex (Louis Serkis), whose life changes forever when he encounters the mythical sword Excalibur. With the most powerful sword in history in the hands of the most impotent scholar in Britain, Alex and his friends embark on an adventure in which they must frustrate a medieval villain named Morgan, who is determined to destroy the world. While that sounds like a fantastic adventure, in the hands of Cornish it could be something special.
If that’s not enough to convince him, Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson are among the cast. Stewart plays the magician Merlin while Ferguson plays the villain Morgana, which sounds like a casting that will be worth watching on the big screen.
Since the first poster of The Boy Who Would Be King arrived today, the first trailer should be around the corner. We hope that Joe Cornish has something worth waiting for when the cinema hits theaters on March 1, 2019.
It’s been seven years since Joe Cornish released his exciting directorial debut with Attack The Block, a movie that brought sci-fi tropes that crashed into a tower in south London for a genre mix that was in part John Carpenter, partly Kidulthood. Now he is back with his second film, El niño que ser rey, and as the first trailer reveals, he is about to take a funny and family-centered turn to the legends of Arturo of yesteryear.
Cornish’s second film seeks to be a total delight, with inspired gags (that round folding table), attractive children’s performances and a true sense of adventure. In the main role is Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy) as Alexander Elliot, a child who finds Excalibur, the sword on the stone, on a construction site. When it is successfully lifted from a concrete pillar, a fantasy apocalypse is unleashed, with the villain Morgana of Rebecca Ferguson awakening from her centuries-long dream.
Also in the cast are Angus Imrie as young and cheerful Merlin, Patrick Stewart as his older counterpart, Dean Chaumoo as Alex’s best Bedders, and Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris as the thugs turned into allies Lance and Kaye.
The boy who would be king will ascend to the rightful throne in the UK cinemas on February 15, 2019, and he will keep an eye on Empire for a trailer with Joe Cornish, talking to King Arthur, the zombie knights and the school to eat McDonalds.