The keys to ‘The Green Knight’: The adaptation of the Arthurian legend in a fantastic key that promises to be one of the films of the year

The film, directed by David Lowery and starring Dev Patel, is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Green Knight It is the new of David Lowery, director of films like A Ghost Story, Peter and the dragon and the future Peter Pan y Wendy. The film arrives in Spain through Amazon Prime Video -now available- and the title, starring Dev Patel, promises to become one of the films of the year.

The premiere of this adaptation of the Arthurian legend in a fantastic key is something to celebrate. It was at the beginning of 2020 when the first trailer of the film could be seen and with the advance the expectation was already settled. The film was to be seen at the film festival South by Southwest (SXSW), but the coronavirus crisis canceled the contest. It was not until this year when the feature film has seen the light and competed in the past Sitges Festival. Therefore, to prepare for its arrival on Amazon Prime Video, we tell you the keys to The Green Knight.

BASED ON THE POEM ‘SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT’

Lowery was putting together a diorama of action figures from the movie Willow in the backyard of his house when he had an idea: adapt the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This writing, from the end of the 14th century and of an unknown author, is one of the best known Arthurian legends. His story is that of a hero who sets out on a journey to test his courage.


Its protagonist is Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. It all starts when he accepts the challenge of the mysterious Green Knight. The latter will let him hit him with an ax in exchange for him receiving the same blow after a year and a day.

Gawain agrees and beheads him, but the Green Knight raises his head and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. Throughout the days that remain, the protagonist shows his loyalty and chivalry until his honor is questioned when he stays in a castle and he is put through a test involving the lord and lady of the palace.

DEV PATEL: EL SIR GAWAIN DE LOWERY

The cast of The Green Knight is led by Patel, who plays Sir Gawain and rose to fame by starring in Slumdog Millionaire. According to Lowery himself, the actor’s “affability” is what led him to sign him for the title role. “I met Dev when he was filming The incredible story of David Copperfield and we get along well, “says the director in Digital Spy.

When Lowery imagined Patel on horseback in one of the landscapes in the film, he knew he couldn’t count on anyone else. As the director tells:

I wrote a character who was relatively obnoxious and didn’t have a lot of humor, and I knew that if I cast Dev he would suddenly become an incredibly seductive hero.

But the lead actor is not the only known name of the cast. Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan and Kate Dickie are also part of it.


Vikander is an Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for The danish girl and has given life to Lara Croft in the latest film version of the famous video game Tomb Raider. Edgerton, curiously, played Sir Gaiwain in King Arthur.

Keoghan, meanwhile, will debut at the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Eternals Interpreting Druig. Dickie is known for her role as Lysa Arryn on Game of Thrones. Finally, the person in charge of giving voice to the Green Knight is Ralph Ineson, Dagmer Cleftjaw also in HBO fiction that adapted the novels of George RR Martin.

THE INFLUENCE OF ‘WILLOW’

As we have told you before, Willow was present when Lowery had the idea to create The Green Knight. The director was also inspired by her when directing the film and creating its aesthetic. As the director tells in Variety, Willow it had a great impact on him when he was little. “Master Willow because I was seven when I saw it, but also because it is crafts “, Explain.

While the film directed by Ron Howard from a script by George Lucas is a family film, The Green Knight no. However, Lowery wanted his project to share some of the DNA of Willow. “I love the world that movie created and I wanted to borrow some of the aesthetic templates that George Lucas and Ron Howard created.”, concludes.

Not only Willow is an influence for Lowery, also other titles like Lady hawk and Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson. The director acknowledges that the film in ‘stop-motion’ of the director of The French Chronicle is always present in his head when creating and, curiously, in The Green Knight there is also an anthropomorphic fox.

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