New GREEN KNIGHT Trailer Teases Dark Arthurian Tale (VIDEO/IMAGES)

Dev Patel stars as King Arthur’s nephew Gawain in THE GREEN KNIGHT, an epic, sinister retelling of a 14th Century medieval poem.

There are a lot of movies I’m excited about in 2021, but The Green Knight may be the only one I’m actually intrigued by.

While most movies — from franchises or otherwise — are promising to deliver entertaining (even meaningful) entries of things we’re familiar with, writer/director David Lowery (A Ghost Story, The Old Man and the Gun) is offering up a bizarrely fascinating spin on the King Arthur archetype.

With a foundation of medieval legend but an eerie, even unsettling undercurrent of mystical dread, The Green Knight re-tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel, in what could be the role of his career so far) and the titular creature, which originated in a 14th Century poem (written anonymously). Lowery’s adaptation appears to lean even more heavily into the source’s fantasy elements and, more importantly, their potentially sinister implications — all of which are on display in the film’s new trailer (seen above).

The official synopsis by distributor A24 reads as follows:

  • An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.”

This won’t be for the faint of heart, as the official language defining its R rating suggests: “for violence, some sexuality, and graphic nudity.” Its genre designation on IMDb is Drama / Fantasy / Horror.

Originally slated to be released in Spring 2020, The Green Knight was postponed (along with everything else) due to the Coronavirus pandemic, making it the most anticipated indie title of 2021. It will now open this summer on July 30, 2021 exclusively in theaters.

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