Our chance to see Dev Patel test destiny in medieval garb is edging nearer with the release of a new trailer.
A24 has just released a trailer for The Green Knight, a new fantasy epic by David Lowery of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story fame.
Dev Patel will play the lead role of Sir Gawain. Joining him as the Green Knight is Ralph Ineson, best known for playing Chris Finch in The Office and, more recently, for his role as a cruel peasant in period horror The Witch. Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Barry Keoghan and Katie Dickie will also star.
The Green Knight is an adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, regarded as the greatest poetical romance of the medieval world. Written circa 1400 by an unknown poet, the epic tells the story of a giant emerald-skinned knight who disrupts Christmas at Camelot, daring Gawain, King Arthur’s reckless nephew, to cut off his head if he can do the same to Gawain the following year. This absurd challenge sees Gawain setting off across the countryside to fulfil his destiny. On his long and torturous journey, Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers of all sorts.
This isn’t Lowery’s first time directing a fantasy film; he worked on Pete’s Dragon, about the adventures of a little boy named Pete and his scaly-skinned friend, a dragon, in 2016. It received mostly good reviews. Lowery will also reimagine Peter Pan in an upcoming project, set for release in 2022.
The Green Knight was originally scheduled for release at South by Southwest film festival in 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic. The wait will soon be over, however: the film’s new release date is set for 30 July in the US and August 6 in the UK and it’s expected to be a huge hit at the box office. Audiences can expect to see magical creatures, including a talking fox, ladies and knights, fantasy landscapes and more.
Words by Camilla Patini
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