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It Doesn't Look Like a Very Silly Place

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 6, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 6, 2011 |

Starz is moving right along with the development of “Camelot,” the Arthurian retelling that they’re selling as a sexed and violenced up version of the mythology, to fit in with their “Spartacus” money maker. To their credit, they’ve got Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green on board, so they’re making their lives easy right from the start.

Here’s the plot summary:

In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination.

Interesting and along with the trailer below, it’s clear that they’re also going the route of the sword in the stone and the establishment of the Round Table, which fits in most well with the classic Once and Future King route. I have mixed feelings on that. That’s a stunning story of the nature of man, the role of violence and government in society, the crushing weight of duty at odds with want. This is the network of guilty pleasures. The two are not a natural combination. The trailer also shows that there will be a Lady of the Lake though, which is not a feature of the Once and Future King version of the legend at all, so that combined with hot stuff Merlin sort of makes it look more like a mishmash of different sources.

I’m not entirely sold on the actors playing Arthur and Guinevere though, they both just seem like CW actors playing dress up. But in double checking casting facts, I stumbled across something that makes this series worth giving a chance: James Purefoy will be appearing as King Lot. Still no word on when Lancelot will show and who will play him.

Trailer below.

(source: Blastr)

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