An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend of Gawain who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.
A24 has unveiled the first teaser trailer for The Green Knight, the latest film written & directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story, The Old Man & The Gun). The film is scheduled to open later this Summer, The Green Knight is a fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, starring Dev Patel as Sir Gawain. He is King Arthur’s reckless nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the gigantic green-skinned stranger. The impressive cast includes Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan, Erin Kellyman, Kate Dickie, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris as King Arthur, and Ralph Ineson as the Green Knight. Even if the teaser is a little short on time, it reveals just enough to keep viewers ready for more with this fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.
Check out the first teaser trailer for the film below:
After his 2017 film A Ghost Story, Lowery is once again pushing the envelope of magical realism and this latest already is delivering some enticing results. The image of the titular Green Knight is something incredible to behold all on its own but this teaser also shows off a series of tarot cards serving as omens of [bad] things to come as well as a foreshadowing puppet show. There are still many mysteries to the film that this teaser only…teases at, including the nature of Gawain’s fox friend and the gigantic hand clamping down on the horizon to name only a few.
This isn’t the first time the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has been adapted to screen. The story has been adapted into film twice before by Stephen Weeks. The first – 1973’s Gawain and the Green Knight – starred Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts) as the Green Knight. And then in 1984, it was Sean Connery as the titular knight in Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. But after the moderate success of Lowery’s previous two A24 films it looks like he’s taking his sensibilities and knack for punchy compositions to new heights.
Just how closely Lowery’s adaptation will stick to the poem and story it’s drawn from? The original 14th Century poem describes how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious “Green Knight” who dares any knight to strike him with his ax if he will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts and beheads him with one swing, at which the Green Knight stands up, picks up his head and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. In his struggles to keep his bargain, Gawain demonstrates chivalry and loyalty until his honor is called into question by a test involving Lady Bertilak, the lady of the Green Knight’s castle. The Hero-On-A-Quest is a staple of chivalric romance, which authors have extrapolated for hundreds of years such as J.R.R. Tolkien.
You can also get a look at the incredibly bold poster, which surprisingly contains no green whatsoever:
The Green Knight opens in theaters on May 29.