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Gary Oldman Wanted for Merlin In ‘Arthur & Lancelot’

Written by on November 3, 2011 

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you love Gary Oldman. I can’t speak for you, but I do because he’s talented, charismatic, daring, and the owner of a killer brogue — which means that he’s also wanted by everyone in Hollywood. One production that’s recently started to seek him out is Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Akira; Garrett Hedlund looks to be the lead, and Helena Bonham Carter is being pursued as well.

Deadline says that Warner Bros. is indeed going after him for the remake, and they’re also trying to get the actor for Arthur & Lancelot, David Dobkin‘s reimagining of the King Arthur tale. Joel Kinnaman has already been cast as Lancelot, and an actor is being tested for King Arthur at the moment. They want Oldman to play the wizard Merlin; based on past King Arthur stories, I’m imagining it’s a pretty big role.

I don’t doubt that Oldman would do a killer job with the role. He impresses almost every time — even when he overacts, like in Dracula. That being said, I’m concerned that the project isn’t worthy of him. Some might argue that he would simply turn down a poor role and a terrible script, but, as great as he is, there have been a few bad choices in his career recently — The Unborn, Red Riding Hood, and Planet 51 spring to mind. Looking at those, you get the sense that Oldman isn’t afraid to do a project simply because he has the time (and would like the money). No one can really say if the film will be bad this early on, but there’s no harm in worrying.

Arthur & Lancelot opens on March 15th, 2013.

Do you think Oldman would fit in to Arthur & Lancelot?

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