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Although Starz gave audiences an early look at Camelot in February, the retelling of the King Arthur story gets its official two-hour premiere tonight. I enjoyed the hour-long preview — what’s not to like about the top-notch cast and high production values? — so I’m eager to see where the producers go with this rather grounded historical fantasy. If nothing else, it’ll hold me over until the April 17 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The 10-episode series stars Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward, Shakespeare in Love) as Merlin, Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, New Moon) as a young and reckless Arthur, Eva Green (The Golden Compass, Casino Royale) as Morgan and Tamsin Egerton (The Mists of Avalon, St. Trinian’s) as Guinevere. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
The series premiere airs tonight at 10 ET/PT on Starz. Until then, check out the teaser below.