'Camelot' boasts an all-star cast including Joseph Fiennes ('Shakespeare in Love'), Bond Girl Eva Green ('Casino Royale') and Jamie Campbell Bower ('The Twilight Saga') as King Arthur. Canadian up-and-comer Peter Mooney co-stars as Arthur's loyal brother Kay.
AOL TV caught up with Mooney while he was driving to pick his Dad up from the airport (awww). We chatted about what makes this 'Camelot' so different, his newfound appreciation for leather pants and the inevitable 'Game of Thrones' comparisons.
In the two-hour premiere, Arthur climbs the slick rocks and attempts to pull the sword from the stone face. It won't budge. Finally he hears a voice: "Stop pulling at me, and start pushing yourself."
He does what he's told, pushing the sword further into the mountain. It easily sinks in, then launches out from the mountain, carrying Arthur with it. He's a little scratched and bruised, but nothing a king can't handle.
"Send a signal. Light the beacon," says Merlin (Joseph Fiennes). "Tell everyone the new king has come."
In a terrific performance, Jamie Campbell Bower makes Arthur seem both naive and impetuous, and Joseph Fiennes' Merlin doesn't go in for magical solutions; he's more a political operative consciously building a myth around the untested Arthur as ancient Britain threatens to descend into tribal anarchy. There's even a clever take on sword-in-the-stone tale.
Yet there are some tonal clashes within this handsome series, and there's an unfortunate stop-start quality to 'Camelot's' momentum. The first couple of episodes of the Starz drama have a relatively brisk pace, but the third one has elements of mawkish soapiness that slow down the action considerably.
'Camelot,' which debuts April 1, features Fiennes as Merlin, Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur, Eva Green as Morgan and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere. Chris Chibnall of 'Torchwood' fame is writer and executive producer on the project, along with 'The Town' veteran Graham King and Michael Hirst.
The pedigree of the cast and crew not enough to get you interested? Check out a preview below, which includes behind-the-scenes footage along with cast and crew interviews that dissect the plot and discuss why this series is different than every other Arthurian tale.
Barely a month after 'FlashForward ' was canceled, Joseph Fiennes already has a new job. He and Eva Green ('Casino Royale') have signed on to star in Starz's new series, 'Camelot'.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fiennes and Green will play legendary sorcerers Merlin and Morgana in what Starz calls a "fresh look" at the legends of King Arthur. Sources suggest their characters will be the main focus of producer Graham King's ('The Departed', 'The Young Victoria') epic period piece.
The roles of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere have gone to younger actors Jamie Campbell Bower ('The Prisoner') and Tamsin Egerton ('St Trinian's').
(S01E18) Dyson Frost is a bad man. He's been doing stuff related to the flashforwards for years now. The whole situation is far more complicated than we ever imagined, and yet almost everyone we've met who's a part of whatever was behind the global incident seems to be a reluctant participant.
Certainly Gabriel (James Callis) was reluctant to be as involved as he was. It's not clear what his mental state was before the blackout, though we know he's a savant and was already hospitalized, but he's agitated, nervous and very frustrated right now. Perhaps that comes from knowing too much.
Some nice plot threads were woven together, which should make for some interesting drama as we continue hurtling toward our April 29 deadline. It was nice to see Aaron Stark pulled back into the saga, along with a continued focus on Jericho. I still haven't figured out how they're connected to everything just yet, but it should be fun watching Stark try and find out.
The enigmatic Dyson Frost surprised me by taking a far more active and present role in the events of the episode than I would have ever expected. I was anticipating this mysterious shadowy figure making cryptic statements in the background to confound and frustrate Mark, and us. I couldn't have been more wrong.
It's a bit of a blow for me to find out that the characters won't be reaching their April 29 flashforward moments on the April 29 episode. I was looking forward to the synchronicity, and it at least gave me hope that I would know what day it was in the show for a moment. That hiatus has shifted things back, and now we don't know when the characters will meet their dates with destiny.
What we do know is that while Mark seems to be taking big steps toward helping his flashforward come true by moving out of the house, at least one major character seems to be doing everything in his power to thwart his.
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