The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Cornish.

Official trailers

20th Century Fox UK on Thursday, February 07, 2019 released the trailer:

Story intro

Alex is a twelve-year-old boy just starting secondary school in a London suburb. When his best friend Bedders is bullied by older students Lance and Kaye, Alex comes to his aid. Alex, Lance, and Kaye are given detention by the headmistress. Lance and Kaye plot to harm Alex. That night, the duo chase Alex as he heads home but Alex hides in a nearby construction site, where he finds and extracts a mysterious sword embedded in concrete. Later showing it to Bedders, they discover that its markings identify it as Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur. Alex then playfully "knights" Bedders. The wicked sorceress Morgana awakens underground and sends her Mortes Milles demons after Excalibur. The next day, a teenager appears from inside Stonehenge and presents himself at Alex's school as a new student. The boy reveals himself to Alex as the wizard Merlin, capable of aging backwards, but will occasionally shift into his elder Arthurian form. Alex plans to return the sword, wanting nothing to do with ancient myths. That night, Merlin saves Alex from a demon and explains that he has four days to destroy Morgana or she will enslave all of England. The Mortes Milles only appear at night and can only be seen by Alex and those he has knighted, but an upcoming total solar eclipse will enable her to emerge fully into the world. Alex realizes that these events parallel an inscribed storybook his estranged father once gave him. Alex concludes he descends from Arthur through his father and later recruits and knights Lance and Kaye, who fight beside Alex and Bedders, defeating three demons. Alex declares them a new Round Table. Merlin soon tasks Alex to find the entrance of Morgana's Underworld prison.


Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Tom Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson
Patrick Stewart
Adult Merlin
Dean Chaumoo
Denise Gough
Angus Imrie
Young Merlin
Genevieve O'Reilly
Rhianna Dorris
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Mr. Kepler
Noma Dumezweni
Mrs. Lee
Mark Bonnar
Mr. Jeffreys
Louis Martin
Off Licence Employee
Joey Ansah
Adam Leese
Alexandra Roach
Miss Foster
Nick Mohammed
Mr. Hyde
Myra McFadyen
Punto Patty
Adam Buxton
Stonehenge Tour Guide
Claudie Blakley
Riding Instructor


Principal photography began on 25 September 2017 in London, and ended in March 2018.

The film The Kid Who Would Be King was scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019 (United States), on February 14, 2019, on February 15, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on April 18, 2019 (Germany) by 20th Century Fox Argentina, Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S., 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 120 minutes. With a budget of $59 million, the film grossed over $32.1 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.


The Kid Who Would Be King got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

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IMDB: The Kid Who Would Be King

Wikipedia: The Kid Who Would Be King

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