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Idris Elba Tapped For Key Role In New King Arthur Film

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Jul 21, 2014 | 4:22pm EDT

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British actor Idris Elba is in talks to reteam with director Guy Ritchie on a reimagining of the classic King Arthur tale.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star has been tapped to portray Bedivere, the Knight of the Round Table who legend has it returned the sword Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and served as Arthur's 'marshal' and battle mentor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casting for the title role is expected to begin next month (Aug14). If Elba signs on for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it will reunite him with his RocknRolla director, Ritchie.

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