Film Trailer: “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

This film from director David Lowery and starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, is set to be shown in theaters beginning this July 30.

The studio, A24, writes:

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and 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.

Meanwhile, in happy providence:

Sir Gawain

Last week I received a wonderful blessing: Boxes of books I left behind when I left the country many years ago. I had forgotten many of these old friends. But I remembered and missed this midcentury original-language edition of Sir Gawain, heavily annotated throughout by a student in the 1960s. I knew I might one day find another used copy of this edition online, but the handwritten margin notes are irreplaceable. (The accompanying Ballantine edition of Tolkien’s translation is icing on the cake!)

I was planning to reread Sir Gawain this summer. I’ll definitely do so in preparation to watch this film adaptation. Time to brush up on Middle English!