Green Knight: Dev Patel in talks to star as Sir Gawain
Variety brings word that Oscar nominee Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire, Hotel Mumbai) is in talks to star in Green Knight from director David Lowery (A Ghost Story) and A24. Patel, whose credits also include Chappie, The Newsroom, and Modern Love, will play Sir Gawain in the project.
Green Knight will be a retelling of the classic tale “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” which follows Sir Gawain (Patel) from King Arthur’s round table as he accepts the challenge to behead the titular knight provided he receive the same hit a year and a day later. Despite some later hesitation from Gawain, he ultimately accepted the returning blow in order to honor the deal and remain chivalrous and loyal to the king. The story was adapted into film twice before by Stephen Weeks, the first of which starred Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts) as the Green Knight and the second of which starred Sean Connery (From Russia With Love) as the titular knight.
Lowery will be producing the project alongside Toby Halbrooks (Pete’s Dragon) and James M. Johnston (A Ghost Story) through their Sailor Bear banner. Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page are also producing on behalf of Ley Line Entertainment. Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth are executive producing. A24 is financing with Ley Line and Bron Creative.
Production on Green Knight is set to begin next month.
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