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Charlie Hunnam tapped for lead role in Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur'

Jax Teller is keeping his throne. On August 27 reported that actor Charlie Hunnam is the first choice for the lead role in the upcoming film "King Arthur," based on the life of the legendary figure. The film is being helmed by director Guy Ritchie, and is expected to become a multiple film franchise. The film is currently scheduled for release on July 22, 2016.

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Hunnam is most well known for playing the role of anti-hero Jax Teller on the FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy," which is about to air its seventh and final season. The series follows a motorcycle club in California that deals with other motorcycle clubs and the local authorities while running guns and handling family drama. The British actor also landed the role of the mysterious Christian Grey in the best-selling novel turned screenplay "Fifty Shades of Grey," before backing out of the role a few months later for personal reasons.

Hunnam will also be reprising his role as Raleigh Beckett in the science fiction adventure film "Pacific Rim 2," which means he will have two major franchises in the works. "King Arthur" will also reunite him with his "Pacific Rim" co-star Idris Elba, who has been cast in the role of Merlin. The new film will cast Hunnam as one of the most well known literary figures ever.

On August 27 Deadline broke the news that Joby Harold has penned the first script for the first film and an earlier version of the script was developed by "Trainspotting" writer John Hodge. The entire concept of the films are being based on "Le Morte d'Arthur," a fifteenth century work by Thomas Mallory which consists of eight different books. Ritchie is approaching the project with the basis that almost every book will be a different major motion picture.

"Godzilla" star Elizabeth Olsen is currently in talks for the female lead in the film. Warner Bros. has been trying to make the story of King Arthur into a new film for several years, with people like Gary Oldman, Kit Harrington and Joel Kinnamen attached, but each project failed to develop. The film is slated for a July 2016 release while the seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy" premieres on FX at 10 p.m. on September 9.

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