Almost a decade after releasing his unconventional alien-invasion thriller Attack the Block, writer-director Joe Cornish is back with The Kid Who Would Be King.
20th Century Fox released the trailer for Cornish’s highly anticipated follow-up on Wednesday, which you can watch below.
The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor (The Dark Tower), Rhianna Dorris and Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible, The Greatest Showman) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men).
The team behind The Kid Who Would Be King has described the movie as “old-school magic meets the modern world.” Alex (Serkis) thinks he’s nothing special … until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, and his whole world is transformed. Suddenly, Alex must organize a band of knights out of his friends and enemies at school, and, alongside the great wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson).
As he did with Attack the Block’s quintessential alien invasion storyline, Cornish modernizes the classic sword-in-the-stone legend with humor and up-to-date references. Case in point, some quotes from the trailer:
“Where did you learn how to drive?” “Mario Kart.”
“There’s something written on the guard [of the sword]. Put it into Google Translate.”
But despite the similarities between the films, The Kid Who Would Be King marks a serious departure for Cornish, namely, in terms of target audience. The 2011 sci-fi comedy-horror flick Attack the Block was rated R, with a focus on teenage street gangs. Meanwhile, The Kid Who Would Be King will be released by Fox Family Entertainment and center around a group of schoolchildren, so we can probably expect less mature content (and drug dealers) this time around.
Cornish has also co-written The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, with Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright, and Ant-Man, with Wright, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd.
The Kid Who Would Be King opens in theaters everywhere on Jan. 25, 2019.
Check out the trailer and the official poster below.