Charlie Hunnam 'wasn't the first choice' for King Arthur role, director Guy Ritchie says

PHOTO: Charlie Hunnam and Guy Ritchie attend Build Series to discuss their new film "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword" at Build Studio, May 1, 2017, in New York. PlaySteve Zak Photography/FilmMagic/Getty Images
WATCH Guy Ritchie says Charlie Hunnam was not his first choice for 'King Arthur'

Actor Charlie Hunnam "wasn't the first choice at all," to be cast in the iconic role of King Arthur in the upcoming film, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," the film's director Guy Ritchie said in an interview with "Good Morning America" that aired today.

"I wasn't really interested," Ritchie said of Hunnam in the starring role, "but his enthusiasm, let me tell you, something about ... his enthusiasm for the role," is what led the British actor to eventually be cast.

Earlier this week, Hunnam admitted to being "an enormous fan" of Ritchie live on "GMA."

"I heard the guy was doing King Arthur and I promptly threw my name in the hat," Hunnam said, "And Guy threw it back out."

"I jumped on a plane and showed up on his doorstep and said, 'Let's have a cup of tea,'" Hunnam added. "By the end of that cup of tea, I think he decided he quite liked me, so he let me audition and I finally got the job. So it was a happy tale in the end."

Ritchie told "GMA," that Hunnam "was completely disinterested that I was disinterested in him."

The director said that trying to modernize the legendary story was "challenging."

"I had a two week existential crisis, where I'm convinced I've made the worst mistake in the world," Ritchie said. "And then the phoenix of confidence rises out of the ashes. And then gradually you find your momentum the film finds its own way."

Ritchie added that he hopes to be able to make a "King Arthur" sequel with Hunnam for fans.

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" will be in theaters nationwide on May 12, 2017.