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  • While being interviewed for the release of The Snowman (2017) in October 2017, Rebecca Ferguson spoke about her role in this movie, saying that she will literally be turning into a dragon.
  • This is Rebecca Ferguson's third collaboration with an X-Men actor, the first movie was The Snowman (2017) with Michael Fassbender, and then The Greatest Showman (2017) with Hugh Jackman.
  • Rebecca Ferguson said in an interview that she would film scenes for Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) during the week, and film scenes for this movie during weekends.
  • The school scenes were filmed at Elliott Secondary School (now Ark Putney Academy) in Putney London SW15.
  • The school used in filming was also the secondary school that former James Bond Pierce Brosnan attended when he was a kid.
  • The names of Alex's friends correspond with Knights of the Round Table: Lance is Sir Lancelot, Kaye is Sir Kay, and Bedders is Sir Bedivere.
  • Patrick Stewart also played Leondegrance (Guinevere's father) in Excalibur (1981).
  • Director Joe Cornish has said that the film's title is a playful reference to the title of The Man Who Would Be King (1975).
  • After a poor opening weekend taking in less than $8m, industry insiders were predicting that " The Kid Who Would be King " could lose up to $50m.
  • All of the characters speak with British accents. This may be an allusion to the fact that the film takes place in England.
  • The road Alex lives in is named after Thomas Malory.
  • The post office that young merlin walks into naked is in a village called Minions near Liskeard Cornwall
  • The digital clock in Alex's bedroom displays 00:59 (at 0:26:06) and then switches to 01:00 representing 1 AM. This is consistent with a 24-hour digital clock which shows the hours and minutes since (the most recent) midnight. Most digital clocks in the UK use 24-hour notation.
  • When introducing himself to the class, young Merlin gives his name as "Mertin Ambrosius Caledonensis". The first name is, of course, a sly play on "Merlin" he made up on the spot, but other two names are derived from names used to refer to the wizard Merlin in the legend of King Arthur and stories that inspired the character. Merlinus Caledonensis is another name for the Welsh folk character Myrddin Wyllt (the name means "of town of Carmarthen", a place in South Wales,) while Merlin Ambrosius is the given name of the Merlin character in the original Arthurian story Historia Regum Britanniae Godfrey of Monmouth
  • The road Alexander lives in is named after Sir Thomas Malory, who Le Morte d'Arthur (originally published in 1485) which was a reworking of the tales of King Arthur and Guinevere
  • King Kong is mentioned. Louis Ashbourne Serkis is the son of Andy Serkis, who played the titular character in King Kong (2005).
  • The Stonehenge Tour Guide is played by Adam Buxton who has been the comedy partner of writer/director Joe Cornish since the 1990s when they created and hosted The Adam and Joe Show (1996) together.
  • The phrase "The Once And Future King" is taken from the title of T.H. White's four book series of Arthurian tales, the first of which was used as the basis for Disney's The Sword in the Stone (1963). White derived his title from the inscription that, according to Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, was written upon King Arthur's tomb: "Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be." It was White who first described Merlin as living through time backwards; an idea revisited by Joe Cornish in this movie.
  • 20th Century Fox's final PG-rated film as a standalone production company and a distributor.


  • The address on the flyer for the restaurant where Merlin insists Alex meet him is 8 Boorman Road (at 0:24:29-0:24:33). John Boorman co-wrote, produced and directed Excalibur (1981).
  • When preparing for the final battle Alex can be heard saying "I knight thee Sir Hector". The Winchestor list of 24 arthurian knights includes a seat for Sir Ector (Hector) de Maris.
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