Arthurian Legend Comes To Life In The Green Knight Trailer - Comic Years
Comic Years Logo

Arthurian Legend Comes To Life In The Green Knight Trailer

author img
BY February 16, 2020

A trailer for The Green Knight dropped this week. The fantasy stars Dev Patel as a knight of Arthurian legend who sets out to challenge a mysterious otherworldly figure. The film will be distributed by A24, the studio behind critical hits like The Lighthouse and Midsommar. Directed by David Lowery, this is a change of pace from his intimate dramas like A Ghost Story. Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton will also appear in the film, with special effects coming from Weta Digital.

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Do Battle In The Teaser Trailer

There has been a slew of film and television over the years that have paid homage to King Arthur and his knights of the round table. But it is refreshing to see a new adaptation of the mythology that does not focus on Arthur himself. Patel plays Sir Gawain in the new film, the nephew of King Arthur (Sean Harris). The film is based on the olde English poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. The poem tells the tale of a mysterious figure who comes to Arthur’s court and lays down a challenge for any who might face him. Sir Gawain cuts off the head of the Green Knight, who calmly picks it back up and walks away with a request that Gawain meet him on New Year’s Day for another fight.

The Green Knight Trailer Image via Screengrab

It remains to be seen how much of the original poem will be translated into the new film. However it does seem clear that The Green Knight will amp up the fantastical elements of the mythology. The appearance of the Green Knight in the trailer evokes even older Celtic mythology, that of the Green Man, an ancient nature spirit that symbolizes growth and rebirth. There are also giant hands larger than hillsides, strange man-bear beasts, and several deeply creepy shots of skulls and Gawain himself on fire. The film may be a re-telling of a familiar classic tale, but in a way it looks like a re-telling of many ancient stories all rolled into one. It will be interesting to see how these ancient stories play for a modern audience.

The Green Knight Trailer Image via Screengrab

The Green Knight will be out on May 29, 2020. For more movie news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

Movies

Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

A24Arthurian LegendDev PatelFolkloreMovie NewsMoviesMythologynew moviesThe Green KnightTrailerTrailers

Leave a comment

Related

Movies
20th Century Fox Releases a New X-Men, Dark Phoenix Trailer

Recently, 20th Century Fox released another X-Men trailer. Dark Phoenix features Jesica Chastain. She acts as a mysterious foe. The trailer debuted in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Many X men phoenix fans are […]

BY Randy Brooks March 14, 2019
Movies
Kevin Smith Releases First BTS Video: ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’

All is set for the long-awaited film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot to be released sometime this fall. As the producers of the Kevin’s Smith movie get set for the release date, they are now […]

BY Randy Brooks March 15, 2019
Movies
Kids Movies on Netflix 2019

Netflix leads the streaming services in content. Both original shows and favorites from the past and present stream on Netflix at a low price. Adults can can get excited for the new X Men Dark […]

BY Taylor Bauer April 9, 2019

Rail Ad Editorial Content

Rail Ad