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Legends Never Die – An Oral History of ‘The Green Knight’

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Jun 23 2021

This adaptation of the Arthurian story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is different, darker.

The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain, 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. 


Some changes have been made to the knight’s lineage – he was the son of King Lot of Orkney and Arthur’s half-sister Morgause. They’ve gone a more dramatic and magical route and made him Morgan Le Fay’s son. She’s Arthur’s other half-sister, an enchantress that was trained by Merlin, and has an important role in the events of the poem. This change adds another layer to an already complex story.


The original poem is gory and is as close to psychedelic as you can get in medieval literature, and it looks like director David Lowery is leaning into both of those hard. It is gorgeous – the colors, the cinematography, the costumes, the locations. I cannot wait to see this.

Dev Patel leads the cast as Sir Gawain and is joined by Ralph Ineson as the Green Knight, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Vikander, and Sean Harris.

The Green Knight debuts in theaters on July 30th.


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