Guy Ritchie has his eyes on Charlie Hunnam for the lead role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming King Arthur saga, sources confirm to EW. The Sons of Anarchy actor is the director’s top choice and is in final negotiations to play the medieval warrior.
Elizabeth Olsen is also in talks for the female lead in the Joby Harold-penned project, which, according to Deadline, could be a six-film franchise. Idris Elba has been rumored to be circling a role as well.
Hunnam, whose Sons of Anarchy starts up its seventh and final season on Sept. 9, also starred in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Pacific Rim and can be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s horror Crimson Peak, which is expected to hit theaters in 2015. He’s also known for being the guy to sign on for and then promptly drop out of the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Crimson Peak will open on Oct. 16, 2015, not in 2016. We regret the error.