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'Arthur and Lancelot' searching for new knight after Colin Farrell drops out
Colin Farrell won't be starring as the legendary knight Lancelot in Warner Bros.' troubled "Arthur and Lancelot."
The film, to be directed by David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers," "The Change-Up"), was initially set to feature TV stars Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") as Arthur and Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") as Lancelot, but the studio decided that the roughly $150 million budget was too high for a film without proven stars. It was eventually resurrected with a more manageable $110 million price tag, with Farrell as Lancelot, Gary Oldman likely portraying Merlin and with James McAvoy reportedly the studio's first choice to play King Arthur.
Now, Farrell has dropped out, citing scheduling conflicts. More specifically, the actor's schedule doesn't have room for the extensive training needed for the film (presumably including such knightly skills as swordsmanship, horseback riding and whatnot), according to Deadline.
Warner Bros. is eager to get the film off the ground with no more delays or set-backs, but who will play Lancelot?
The Arthur legend was last brought to the big screen in 2004's gritty and expensive "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen as Arthur, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot and Keira Knightley as Guinivere.
Recently seen in "Horrible Bosses" and "Fright Night," Farrell will soon star in Len Wiseman's "Total Recall" remake, co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston.