BBC and Syfy don’t have the Arthurian legend market cornered with Merlin.
Starz is getting ready to launch Camelot, a 10-episode epic drama premiering April 1 that features Joseph Fiennes in a new take on the court magician. Jamie Campbell Bower (pictured) plays the reckless King Arthur, with Eva Green as his darkly powerful half-sister Morgan, Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere, Claire Forlani as Igraine and Peter Mooney as Kay.
Here’s a first look:
In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know…this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.