Starz To Offer Early Look At <i>Camelot</i>

Starz will use the Feb. 25 finale of the hotly anticipated Spartacus: Gods of the Arena to provide viewers with an early look at Camelot.

Although the 10-episode retelling of the King Arthur story isn't set to debut until April, The Futon Critic reports the cable channel will air the 64-minute premiere at 11 ET/PT, following the finale of Gods of the Arena. Camelot will then formally launch on April 1, as announced last week.

The costume drama features an ensemble cast led by 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 and Tamsin Egerton (The Mists of Avalon, St. Trinian’s) as Guinevere. 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.

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