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The Green Knight: release date, cast, trailer and how to watch Dev Patel movie in the UK

Dev Patel stars in this adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The Green Knight
A24
Published: Friday, 3rd September 2021 at 12:35 pm

The Green Knight is finally in UK cinemas! Following a few COVID delays and a last-minute pull from cinemas this summer our wait had been rewarded, with the A24 movie available to see at last.

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For those not yet ready to head out to the movie theatre, we also have good news - the Dev Patel folk horror/fantasy drama is also available on Amazon Prime Video from today, so however you want to watch the film it's right there for you.

Adapted from 14th-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, David Lowery's film has already won around critics over in the US, where it premiered back in July.

Here's everything you need to know about The Green Knight, from its expected UK release date to the cast.

The Green Knight release date: When it it out in the UK?

After facing a number of COVID-related delays, The Green Knight was released in the UK on Friday 24th September.

The dual theatre-and-streamer release comes after The Green Knight was pulled from its originally planned 6th August premiere date, which was abandoned at the last minute.

According to Variety the decision was made in response to the rising levels of COVID-19 in the UK, while the film opened as planned in the US on July 30th to positive reviews.

Filmed back in March 2019, The Green Knight was originally scheduled for release in May 2020 but was delayed, unsurprisingly, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Green Knight cast

The Green Knight
A24

Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel stars in this film adaptation as Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, while Tomb Raider's Alicia Vikander plays Lady/Esel and The Great Gatsby's Joel Edgerton stars as Lord.

Rounding out the cast are The Hunger Games star Sarita Choudhury (Mother), Mission: Impossible's Sean Harris (King Arthur), Game of Thrones star Kate Dickie (Queen Guinevere), Dunkirk's Barry Keoghan (Scavenger), The Witch star Ralph Ineson (the Green Knight) and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Erin Kellyman (Winfred).

What is The Green Knight movie based on?

The Green Knight is based on the late 14th-century tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by the anonymous Gawain poet.

The original poem, contained in a manuscript with three other works by the anonymous author, tells the story of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, who is challenged by a mysterious Green Knight to strike him with an axe with the condition that he'll receive a strike in return after a year and a day.

While the original is told through the Middle English language, it has been adapted into books by J.R.R Tolkien and Simon Armitage, while a film starring Murray Head based on the story was released in 1973.

The Green Knight plot: What is it about?

The Green Knight
A24

The Green Knight follows Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), the reckless nephew of King Arthur, who embarks on a quest to confront the elusive Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned tester of men.

"Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger," A24 teases.

In the original 14th century tale, Sir Gawain is challenged by the Green Knight to a game in which the mysterious figure will allow whoever accepts the challenge to strike him with his own axe as long as the challenger finds him in a year to receive a blow in return.

Gawain takes on the challenge and beheads the Green Knight, who miraculously picks up his severed head and rides away before reminding Gawain of the pact he agreed to.

Gawain decides to head out to find the Green Knight again and, on Christmas Day, comes across a castle, the lord of which welcomes him to stay. The lord of the castle strikes a deal with Gawain whereby he'll give Gawain anything he captures whilst out hunting in return for whatever Gawain manages to acquire when staying in the castle.

While the lord is out hunting, the lady of the castle attempts to seduce Gawain and, while she fails, she manages to kiss him. When the lord returns with venison he has captured, Gawain exchanges it with a kiss that he won from the lady. On the third day, Gawain receives the lady's girdle, which she claims has the power to protect whoever wears it from death. He doesn't give this to the lord, however, and sets off to find the Green Knight the next day wearing it.

When he comes across the Green Knight, the mysterious figure slashes Gawain three times, drawing blood on the last slash, but doesn't kill him. He then reveals himself to be the lord of the castle where Gawain stayed and reveals that, as Gawain failed to tell the whole truth about the girdle, he managed to draw blood.

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The Green Knight trailer

A24 released a trailer for The Green Knight in May, teasing Dev Patel's performance as the curious Sir Gawain.

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