Djimon Hounsou

*Djimon Hounsou is in talks for the role of King Arthur’s mentor in Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s “Knights of the Round Table.”

Idris Elba had been up for the role, but when dates could not be figured out, the studio turned to Hounsou for the role described as a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.

Guy Ritchie is directing with Charlie Hunnam playing Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey playing Guinevere, reports Variety. Jude Law is also in talks for the role of the villain.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, and the pic will open on July 22, 2016.

According to Variety, the studio hopes this film can launch another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.

Hounsou, meanwhile, has been busy lining up roles in several franchises in the past year. He can be seen next in Universal’s “The Fast and Furious 7,” which bows next April and also has a supporting role in Warner Bros. “Tarzan,” set to bow in July 2016.

He also appeared in this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and has Legendary’s “Seventh Son” debuting next year.