Guy Ritchie New Movie: Director's Version of 'King Arthur' Casts Idris Elba In Merlin-Esque Role [VIDEO]

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It looks like a star from The Wire and Thor will be joining director Guy Ritchie's next movie, a re-telling of the story of King Arthur.

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On MondayVariety reports that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World star Idris Elba has been cast in the Ritchie re-telling of the famous English king. Elba will play a Merlin-esque character who mentors and trains Arthur.

Joby Harold penned the script for the movie. Harold's resume includes writing and directing the 2007 thriller Awake starring Hayden Christenson and Jessica Alba. Since then he has been working on the script for King Arthur and producing 2014's Edge of Tomorrow.

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Ritchie's last films were the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. He is currently in post-production for the film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Hugh Grant.

Elba grew to fame with roles in The Wire and Luther before jumping to the big screen with starring roles in both Thor movies, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Prometheus, and most recently as the lead in 2013's Pacific Rim. He will appear in this year's No Good Deed and Second Coming.

As of right now, no actor has been cast in the role of Arthur, but Variety says that the producers are looking to test actors starting in the first week of August.

Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell are producing with a release date of July 22, 2016. Specific plot details are still under wraps.

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