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Watch the first trailer for Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King

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It's been seven and a half years since cult comedian and podcaster Joe Cornish made his directorial debut with Attack the Block.

The British hoodies vs. monsters adventure was kind of like Harry Brown meets Aliens, and saw a breakout performance from John Boyega, who later went on to enjoy success in a small series known as Star Wars.

Now Cornish is back with his follow-up feature, The Kid Who Would Be King. Mixing modern day trappings with mythological adventure, it's the story of 21st century London kid Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), who stumbles across Excalibur – also known as the sword in the stone.

When Alex crosses paths with the mystical sorcerer Merlin (Patrick Stewart), he's drawn into a battle where the fate of the world hangs in the balance, as cackling witch Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) plots mankind's downfall.

Attack the Block demonstrated Cornish's infectious nostalgia and enthusiasm in aping classic movies  – only this time, sci-fi has been replaced by richly arcane mythology from Britain's past.

Mixing up a cast of newcomers (Serkis is the son of famed actor-director Andy) with established veterans (Star Trek's Stewart and Mission: Impossible's Ferguson), it promises an engrossing family adventure. Check out the trailer below.

The Kid Who Would Be King is released on 15th February 2019. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.