Jude Law Steals the Throne in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

British actor Jude Law plays the villain Vortigern with equal measures of dignity and desperation in Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic action-adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

British actor Jude Law plays the villain Vortigern with equal measures of dignity and desperation in Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic action-adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the bold new story that introduces a streetwise young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future.

Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern (Law), who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

Law reveals, “Vortigern rules through fear. He’s purging the country of mages and the old ways in order to harness the control solely for himself. But the way he came to rule preys on his conscience, on his soul. It’s very dark and very twisted. And over time, he’s almost developed an addiction to the control, to his supremacy, so he’s a man wrestling with his inner devil, that devil being his own ego. It doesn’t matter that Arthur has no awareness of his own status; he’s a perceived threat to Vortigern’s delicate hold on the power he craves.”

Director Guy Ritchie notes, “We wanted Vortigern to be more than just a bad guy, and Jude isn’t a predictable choice for the villain. I had total faith in him and he gave us a really layered bad guy who you love to watch.”

Advertisement

Law adds, “Vortigern believes he is the righteous king, and he thinks Arthur, this peasant whippersnapper, can’t possibly bring anything to the throne. Within the reimagining of this mythology, the writers were clearly curious about the layers to this character, and for an actor, those were good discussions to have. That, and stomping around in armor with hundreds of soldiers and dogs and men on black horses, made this film truly fun to be a part of.”

Law worked with Hunnam several years prior, on the film Cold Mountain. Law recalls, “In that film, Charlie played the villain and I was the good guy! He’s a great actor, very collaborative, and has a solid work ethic.”

During filming on King Arthur, Hunnam became an even bigger fan of his co-star. “I think Jude is terrific, and I think his performance in this film is one of his best to date. He did sensational work.”

Opening across the Philippines on May 17, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company

Recommended Videos

Related Content

Movie Info

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Articles

Charlie Hunnam Faces His Destiny in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"
Pacific Rim hero Charlie Hunnam stars as the titular character in Warner Bros. Pictures' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.
David Beckham Appears in a Cameo in New "King Arthur" Film
A scar-faced, broken-nosed David Beckham appears in a cameo in Warner Bros. Pictures' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.
Director Guy Ritchie Gives "King Arthur" a Gritty, Modern Edge
In the film, Arthur is not yet king, but is instead a ruffian – a thoroughly reluctant hero compelled to discover his true destiny even as he fights against the very monarchy he is meant to rule.
"King Arthur" Stars Invite PH Fans to Watch the Epic Adventure
Charlie Hunnam and Judel Law, stars of Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, greet “Mabuhay Philippines!” as they invite Filipino fans to watch the film.
WATCH: 'King Arthur' Stars Invite PH Fans to Watch the Epic Adventure
Charlie Hunnam and Judel Law, stars of Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, greet “Mabuhay Philippines!” as they invite Filipino fans to watch the film.
WATCH: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Launches Prophecy Trailer
The born king will come… it is inevitable. Warner Bros. Pictures has just launched a new trailer of its epic fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from director Guy Ritchie. Check out the Prophecy Trailer here at ClickTheCity.
WATCH: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Shows Power of Excalibur in Final Trailer
Warner Bros. Pictures has just debuted the final trailer of its epic fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from director Guy Ritchie. Check out the final trailer here at ClickTheCity!
Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law Stare Down in New "King Arthur" Posters
Charlie Hunnam's Arthur and Jude Law's Vortigern square off with their individual one-sheets for Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
WATCH: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Reveals Epic Scope in New Trailer
The full trailer has now arrived for Guy Ritchie’s adrenalin-fueled epic fantasy take on the Arthurian legends with Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
WATCH: 'King Arthur' gets action-packed treatment in 'Legend of the Sword' trailer
Watch the film's first trailer launched at the recent San Diego Comic-Con.

Share this story

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Get Our Weekly Newsletter

Our top stories and updates, straight to your inbox