King Arthur (film) A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table—Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain—to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain will need a leader to fill the vacuum. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and with the beautiful Guinevere by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history and lead Britain into a new age. A story of chivalry, bravery, and one man’s destiny, being a fresh look at the origins of the legendary hero. A Jerry Bruckheimer Films/Touchstone Picture. Released on July 7, 2004, after a June 28 world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Stars Clive Owen (Arthur), Keira Knightley (Guinevere), Ioan Gruffudd (Lancelot), Steven Dillane (Merlin), Ray Winstone (Bors), Til Schweiger (Cynric), Stellan Skarsgård (Cerdic), Hugh Dancy (Galahad), Mads Mikkelsen (Tristan), Ray Stevenson (Dagonet), Ken Stott (Marius Honorius). 126 min. Filmed in Ireland, in CinemaScope. Released on video in 2004.