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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

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A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.


Joe Cornish


Joe Cornish
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Alex
Denise Gough ... Mary
Dean Chaumoo Dean Chaumoo ... Bedders
Tom Taylor ... Lance
Rhianna Dorris Rhianna Dorris ... Kaye
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Mr. Kepler
Noma Dumezweni ... Mrs. Lee
Rebecca Ferguson ... Morgana
Mark Bonnar ... Mr. Jeffreys
Angus Imrie ... Young Merlin
Louis Martin ... Off Licence Employee
Joey Ansah ... Policeman
Adam Leese ... Policeman
Alexandra Roach ... Miss Foster
Nick Mohammed ... Mr. Hyde


Old school magic meets the modern world in this epic adventure. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be. Written by https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-kid-who-would-be-king

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacido para ser rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,173,887, 27 January 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,768,624, 21 March 2019
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The road Alex lives in is named after Sir Thomas Malory who was author of Morte de Arthur See more »


When Alex is fighting Lance in the lake, he falls into the water and completely submerges. Immediately after Lance walks away, Alex takes his King Arthur book out of the back pack he is wearing and it is completely dry, despite the backpack being an ordinary school bag and not waterproof. See more »


Alex: [examining Excalibur] There's something written on the guard. Put it into Google Translate.
Bedders: It means "Sword of Arthur". What if it's the Sword in the Stone?
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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Bambi Time in Jail (2018) See more »


Written by Andy Hill and Peter Sinfield
Performed by Bucks Fizz
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
Under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd
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Just because we've, essentially, seen it before doesn't mean it isn't good.
28 February 2019 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

Let's be honest, we've all seen 'The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)' before. It's a kid-friendly, modern-day reimagining of an old legend entered around a 'chosen one' narrative and an ensemble of single-trait characters. That doesn't mean that it's without its merits, though. It may occupy a well-worn genre but it occupies it well, comfortably conforming to - and occasionally contorting - the conventions it knows so keenly. It also has a good amount of edge, self-censoring only through its central conceits, and, as such, it feels much closer to the fondly-remembered 'kid' films of yesteryear than most of the stuff being pumped out today (and not just because it's live-action). This actually makes it feel incredibly authentic as each moment seems to serve the story. Whether it's scary, funny, heartfelt or just plain action-packed, the flick always makes a point of staying true to itself, having an excellent understanding of its target audience in the process. Of course, this means that much of the piece is painted in pretty broad strokes. The humour is never really successful and the character-work is all incredibly basic. Still, it's appreciated. By the time the finale rolls around, you'll be invested in the characters and will actively want to see them succeed. Speaking of the finale, it's probably the best part; it's exciting, well-staged and uniquely large-scale. Unfortunately, it's preceded by a pace-killing 'fake-out' that's not only obvious but also just far too long. Without it, I feel the picture would have moved much more smoothly into its final movement and, generally, been all the more successful. It doesn't destroy the experience, though. Overall, the movie is a fun and well-executed entry into a widely-seen genre. It's, essentially, as predictable as it is enjoyable. It's not groundbreaking, nor extremely engaging, but it's entertaining enough to be worth a watch, especially - I suppose - if you aren't as familiar with its framework as I am. 6/10

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