Arthur & Merlin

MCM London Comic Con preview

MCM London Comic Con begins today promising a weekend full of panels, film showings, video games and hundreds of people in wigs. 

Friday night’s big guest is undoubtably the fabulous Gillian Anderson who is in London to promote her new movie Robot Overlords. British indie film Arthur & Merlin will also be in attendance to promote the film after its Spring release. 

Saturday continues on with panels of popular shows like Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Orphan Black. But there are plenty of British shows representing like Jekyll & Hyde and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell. 

I will be at the con all weekend long (disrupting this blog’s usual schedule). If you are at the con, feel free to tweet or email me what you think I need to check out! 

Most tickets for MCM is sold out, but there are still tickets for Subday available online here (there is a panel the proves to be great that is full of women from television discussing great female characters. Definitely sounds like a must see). 

Arthur & Merlin offical trailer premier

The official trailer for the upcoming film Arthur & Merlin has been released, and it seems to hold plenty of promise.

The story is a familiar one: a boy fulfilling his destiny to unite the tribes of Britain. It is a tale of mystery and lore, and in the case of this Marco van Belle directed film – plenty of magic. But this time, King Arthur and Merlin are fighting a druid who threatens to end the Celtic people.

The casting and set design for the film appear to be spot on. Those films smart enough to allude to the druids as a powerful and ancient people are getting something right (the Marion Zimmer Bradley novel Mists of Avalon is the key example of what it means to truly under stand the story). I had the pleasure of meeting Kirk Barker, who plays the role of Arthur, at October’s London Film and Comic Con. And, of course, got to see the incredible throne that was made for the film. Both were as lovely as each other.

Many recent adaptions of the Arthurian legend haven’t quite hit all the marks – missing either the right dynamics, getting the period completely confused or even neglecting to put any sort of interesting spin on the tale. Exploring the relationship of the king and the merlin is one of the most important in the entire legend. It is the bond between the old world and the Roman world of the isle of Britain. If the trailer is anything to go by, Arthur & Merlin certainly promises to be an excellent film.

Watch the full trailer below. More information and behind the scenes goodness at the Arthur & Merlin Facebook page.