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Dev Patel embarks upon a quest in The Green Knight

David Lowery’s film takes on an Arthurian legend

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for movies, and among the most exciting is David Lowery’s The Green Knight, a medieval fantasy based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The first trailer for The Green Knight looks like a significant departure from Lowery’s previous films, The Old Man & the Gun and A Ghost Story, but it still showcases Lowery’s meticulous sense of style and seamless blending of the real and the fantastical. Dev Patel stars as Gawain, with Sean Harris as King Arthur, Joel Edgerton and Alicia Vikander as figures Gawain meets on his journey, and Ralph Ineson as the Green Knight.

There are still many mysteries, including the nature of Gawain’s fox friend, the gigantic hand clamping down on the horizon, and just how closely Lowery’s adaptation will stick to the poem and story it’s drawn from. Will it end as anticlimactically? Judging from the intense the trailer, maybe not.

The film is set to hit theaters on May 29. Check out the first poster below.

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