Film stars on location for Hollywood blockbuster
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.