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‘Sons of Anarchy’s’ Charlie Hunnam may play lead in King Arthur movie

‘Sons of Anarchy’s’ Charlie Hunnam may play lead in King Arthur movie
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Fans of “Sons of Anarchy” are dreading the final season of the motorcycle club series in part because they will no longer get to watch its star, Charlie Hunnam in action. There could be some good news for Hunnam fans as the star is set to possibly make yet another movie. Hunnam is, according to MTV on Aug. 28, the frontrunner to play King Arthur in the new Guy Ritchie film.

In an interesting twist of fate, the planned movie based on the King Arthur legend originally had former “Once Upon a Time” star Jamie Dornan picked as the director’s favorite to play the lead. Hunnam was originally tapped to play the lead in “50 Shades of Gray” but bowed out because of scheduling difficulties. He was replaced in that movie with Dornan. Now he stands to oust Dornan from the Arthurian movie. Only in Hollywood.

Hunnam is supposedly in final negotiations for the role. This could be quite lucrative for Hunnam and great news for the British actor’s fans. The movie, if successful, could become a six-movie deal. The movie, titled “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” is also said to have signed on Idris Elba in an as yet undefined role. Elba worked with Hunnam on “Pacific Rim.”

The project has been bouncing around the Warner Bros. studio for several years. At one time, “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington was going to play Arthur. A different version of the script had Colin Farrell in the lead role with Gary Oldman set to play Merlin. Now that “Sons of Anarchy” is ending, Hunnam has the availability to commit to a project like this.

According to Inquistr, other recent Hunnam film credits include Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 “Pacific Rim” about giant monster versus giant robot. Hunnam returned for the sequel, “Crimson Peak” which is due out in 2015.