EXCLUSIVE: FOX interested in Benedict Cumberbatch, Tiffany Haddish, and Peter Dinklage for Spamalot movie adaptation.
Fox is currently working “knight” and day on a film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Spamalot. Even though shooting wouldn’t begin until next summer, the quest has already begun to find a cast.
Spamalot, inspired by the 1975 cult favorite Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is the irreverent retelling of the Arthurian legend, featuring the Knights of the Round Table, a diva Lady of the Lake, and a God-given quest.
That Hashtag Show has discovered the studio’s top choices to join the Spamalot cast are Benedict Cumberbatch, Tiffany Haddish, and Peter Dinklage. They would be playing King Arthur, Lady of the Lake, and Patsy respectively.
That Hashtag Show has also obtained the first Spamalot character details:
King of England. He proclaims himself King of all Brittons and amasses a small army of knights. These knights include Lance, Robin, Dennis Galahad, and Bedevere. Arthur sets off on a quest, as instructed by God, to find the Holy Grail.
LADY OF THE LAKE
“A dazzling and powerful diva.” She presents Arthur with Excalibur. Arthur summons her to prove that he’s King to Galahad.
Arthur’s trusty page. He bangs two halves of coconuts together to make it sound as if Arthur’s riding a horse.
Cumberbatch almost seems too perfect a choice for the role of King Arthur. His comedic timing and natural charisma would be on full display, especially while riding a fake horse. Hearing him sing should also be a treat.
Tiffany Haddish checks off many boxes and it’s very easy to see why she’d be perfect for Lady of the Lake. A dazzling and powerful diva? That’s Tiffany Haddish. She’s hilarious, charming, and arguably one of the hottest names in Hollywood at the moment. This would be knockout casting.
Peter. Dinklage. That. Is. All.
Whether or not we get this cast, this movie is looking to be a total blast and another possible classic for the Monty Python troupe.
The Spamalot movie would reunite the 2005 production’s choreographer and writer, with Tony winner Casey Nicholaw set to direct and Monty Python veteran Eric Idle to pen the screenplay.
Idle, who will also produce the movie, wrote the lyrics and the book for Spamalot. He also co-wrote the original Holy Grail movie along with the rest of the Monty Python troupe.
The original Broadway production of Spamalot earned the Tony for Best Musical and has featured many famous actors. Notable names include Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Christian Slater and Craig Robinson to name a few.
The last Monty Python movie, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, was released all the way back in 1983. I’d say it’s time we saw people ride fake horses on the big screen again.