Starz To Debut <i>Camelot</i> On April 1

Starz has set April 1 as the premiere date for Camelot, its 10-episode retelling of the King Arthur story.

The drama's ensemble cast features Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward, Shakespeare in Love) as Merlin, Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, New Moon) as a young and reckless Arthur, Eva Green (The Golden Compass, Casino Royale) as Morgan, Tamsin Egerton (The Mists of Avalon, St. Trinian’s) as Guinevere, Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black, CSI: NY) as Queen Igraine, and Peter Mooney (Falcon Beach) as Kay. Here's the official synopsis:

In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur's harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know -- this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

Shot on location in Ireland, Camelot is an Irish-Canadian co-production from Octagon and Take 5 Productions, and executive produced along with Ecosse Films and GK-TV. The series will debut at 10 p.m. ET/PT April 1 on Starz.

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