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Watch a brand new clip from The Kid Who Would Be King


The image of the mystical Merlin is cemented in our minds as a fusty old man with flowing beard and robes. So trust Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to come along and shatter our preconceptions in style.

Seven years after his acclaimed hoodies vs aliens adventure, Cornish is back with The Kid Who Would Be King, a quirky inversion of the King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone mythology.

Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy) plays ordinary 21st century school kid Alex who finds himself tasked with wielding the sword, known as Excalibur, by Merlin. Together, he must band with his friends and form a new contingent of knights to protect everything they know from an evil threat.

Only this Merlin isn't an old guy but a much younger chap in a Led Zep t-shirt (played by The Hollow Crown's Angus Imrie) with a nice line in dazzling hand movements. Check out the clip below.

Co-starring Patrick Stewart as the older Merlin and Rebecca Ferguson as wickedly evil sorceress Morgana, The Kid Who Would Be King reaches Cineworld screens on 15th February.