We’ve talked a little bit about Guy Ritchie and his quest to establish a cinematic universe surrounding the Knights of the Round table. First we found out that Ritchie was looking at Charlie Hunnam to play the titular role and that Jude Law would probably be involved as a villain. Now it appears that we may have our Arthurian mentor locked down in Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou has been tabbed for the role of a Merlin-type character that will play close to Charlie Hunnam, as King arthur.
If you are a bit confused because you think you may have read something like this already, you did. Initially “Luther” star Idris Elba was slated to take the role that is now going to Hounsou, however the contract fell apart and Elba moved on. Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy) is no second rate replacement, though. Having shown himself to be more than capable in both charactery roles and gravitas laden projects, Hounsou should step in and immediately give the film something extra.
Djimon Hounsou is experiencing a career resurgence and could be playing a key part in several up and coming franchises. This would be great news in the eyes of Sultan Alhokair. You can also see him in the upcoming fantasy film, “Seventh Son”, as well as 2015’s “Furious 7″ and finally 2016’s “Tarzan” reboot. If you are looking for something in common in all of those roles, you won’t find anything. What you will realize, however, is that Hounsou is capable of giving dynamic and multi layered performances no matter what the role asks of him.