Film stars on lo­ca­tion for Hol­ly­wood block­buster

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - Weekly News Re­porter ly­dia.mor­ris@trin­i­tymir­

AHOL­LY­WOOD block­buster partly filmed among the moun­tains of Snow­do­nia has fin­ished shoot­ing ahead of its re­lease next year.

Di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie and stars Char­lie Hun­nam, Jude Law and Eric Bana were in North Wales ear­lier this year to film the Warner Bros movie Knights of the Round­table: King Arthur.

Scenes were shot in the Nant Gwynant area near Beddgelert, at Vi­vian Quarry near Llan­beris, and at Capel Curig in Conwy.

In Llan­beris, a stunt­man was seen jump­ing 80ft from a cliff in the quarry into a pool of wa­ter be­low.

A num­ber of lo­cals also worked as ex­tras, in­clud­ing pupils of Ban­gor’s Ys­gol Fri­ars as they filmed near Capel Curig in mid-April.

The movie, which Warner Bros hopes will be the first in a fran­chise of Arthurian films, is set for re­lease on July 22, 2016.

Speak­ing to En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, Ritchie said a “bland” cen­tral char­ac­ter had led to the fail­ure of pre­vi­ous King Arthur films, and ex­plained how his street­wise young Arthur – an or­phan raised by pros­ti­tutes in fifth-cen­tury Lon­don – dif­fers from other ver­sions.

He said: “I think where the pit­fall has of­ten been is try­ing to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qual­i­ties make rather com­pat­i­ble bed com­pan­ions.

“Un­for­tu­nately, they’re not in­ter­est­ing to watch. Luke Sky­walker was al­ways the most un­in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter in Star Wars be­cause he’s the good guy. Good guys are bor­ing.

“That King Arthur was a good guy from the be­gin­ning. Our King Arthur is not a good guy from the be­gin­ning.”

The Arthur in Ritchie’s film is un­aware of the life he was born for un­til he grasps hold of his sword Ex­cal­ibur, but is in­stantly forced to make some hard choices when chal­lenged by the power of the sword.

Learn­ing to master Ex­cal­ibur, King Arthur must unite the peo­ple to de­feat the tyrant Vor­tigern, who stole his crown and mur­dered his par­ents to be­come king.

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