To celebrate Scouts exciting partnership with The Kid Who Would Be King which releases in cinemas on February 15th, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers will be able to take part in Knight School! With four resources available, Scouts will be able to design their own Shields, take part in a knighting ceremony, train for battle against their enemy in a game of Capture the Flag, and immerse themselves in Britain’s medieval era as they hike to a local heritage site. Make sure you watch the trailer above!

Knight training with Scouts and The Kid Who Would Be King

Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis), thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.


The resources will contribute towards the following badges: Artist Challenge Badge (Scout Shield), Cubs Our World, Scouts World Challenge Award, Membership Award (Knight Your Group), Outdoor Challenge Award (Capture the Flag) Local Knowledge and Cubs Artist Badge (Heritage Hike).

The resources are going to be available for the entirety of February and March to tie in with the films release.

The Kid Who Would Be King exclusive resources

Scout Shield 

Heritage Hike

Knight Your Group

Capture The Flag

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We’d love to see photos of your knight training experiences, and encourage Scouts and leaders to get some photos and share on social media tagging Scouts with the hashtags #KidWhoWouldBeKing & not forgetting #skillsforlife. 

Director Joe Cornish answers Scouts questions on The Kid Who Would Be King!

20th Century Fox invited Scouts to watch the films trailer and then send in their questions for Director Joe Cornish, and he’s responded! Check out the below now.

Where did the idea come from and how did you make the past and present work together?

I had the idea for ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ when I was about 12 years old. I saw a movie called ‘ET The Extra Terrestrial’ and loved it. It was about a normal boy who discovered a lost alien and took him back home. I also saw a film called “Excalibur’ about the Sword in the Stone and King Arthur. I was always thinking up ideas for films and had the idea of combining those two things - making a film about a normal boy who discovers the Sword in the Stone and brings it home. One of the fun things about the idea was combining ancient legend and modern life. I tried to think of as many ways as I could that the two might clash. How would the Lady of The Lake exist in the modern world? What would modern kids think of going on a quest? How would they respond to the Chivalric Code? That was one of the most fun parts of writing it - playing around with that collision of the old and new.

How many kids took part in making the film and where did you get them from?

Aside from our main young cast we had hundreds of young actors in the movie playing the school kids who at first laugh at Alex’s claim to have Excalibur but then join in his battle to save the country. Some of them were kids who attended the school where we filmed - the Ark Academy in Putney - others were actors who very nearly won the main roles but still wanted to be involved in the film. And some were young athletes, acrobats and experienced fighters who had been trained in the sword fighting routines.

Where was the film mainly made?

We filmed on location in Cornwall, on Tintagel Island and Bodmin Moor. We also filmed around London for the school, Alex’s house and the chases on the streets. Then we filmed at Leavesden Studios, which is right beside the Harry Potter Experience, where we built Morgana’s lair, the inside of the school, the lake and the school roof. Finally we filmed in studios in Ealing where we built two versions of Alex’s house - one for inside the rooms and one for the outside and the garden.

Is it harder directing children or adults?

I find it a tiny bit harder to direct adults because usually they’re more experienced than me at making films! I’ve only directed two films, whereas most professional adult actors make several films a year. One of the nice things about directing young people is that they are as excited as me about the opportunity of making a film. We’re all going on an epic journey together!

How can I be in one of your films?

When we did the casting for ’The Kid Who Would Be King’ we auditioned thousands of young people with all kinds of levels of experience, in schools and youth clubs and theatre groups. The one thing they all had in common is that they were enthusiastic about acting. They had all made the effort to get involved in theatre or drama or filmmaking, either at school or in a local group or on the weekends as a hobby. So the key is to get involved in acting however and wherever you can and one day a casting director might visit to check you out. There are lots of movies and TV shows being made all the time with young actors - so work hard, have fun and don’t be upset if it takes time. 

Where did you get swords from?

We had lots of different swords made for the film. Some were made of real metal and were heavy and quite dangerous. We only used these for close-ups or very important scenes where no-one was fighting. We also had lots of soft lightweight swords for fighting scenes so that no-one would get hurt. So every time you see a sword in the movie, even though they all look the same, they are many different weights and made of lots of different materials depending on the demands of the scene.

How do people get into creating props?

I think you have to be good at art and model making, which is something you can just do as a hobby and get good at in your own time. Practice making things and painting and drawing and sculpture. Or you could get involved in doing the props for a school play or a local dramatic production. You can paint the scenery or design a stage set on a piece of paper on your own for fun. Most of these jobs come about because the person does it all the time and eventually someone notices and starts paying them to do what they already do for fun!

How long did it take to film?

We filmed for about four months, on location and in the studio. Movies with kids in them take longer than usual because of the laws limiting the hours they can work and the amount of education they have to do. Action movies take a long time too because action sequences are made up of hundreds of little moments each of which take a long time to set up and get right. 

How did you create the dragon and the tree creatures?

The dragon and trees were all created by very clever special effects people using digital computer animation. When we filmed the tree fight the actors were fighting with men holding long sticks pretending to be branches. And when we filmed the big dragon attack there was nothing there at all. The men with sticks and the empty space were later replaced with digitally animated effects. You have to know exactly what will be in the shot, how big it is and exactly what it will be doing before you shoot so that you get everything right, ready for the animators to add the effects months later.

What was your favourite bit to film?

My favourite bits were the emotional scenes between Alex and his mum and the scenes in Alex’s bedroom with Bedders because it was calm and small and I loved watching the actors acting so brilliantly. Then I also loved directing the big battle scene at the end because it was epic and I had seen it in my imagination for many years. It was amazing to see it coming to life!

Did you consider putting Batman in this film?

Batman desperately wanted to be in the film playing one of Alex’s school friends but I told him that he was too old and it would look strange for Batman to be a pupil at a south London school. I said he could be in it if he took his Batman costume off but he refused to do that as it would reveal his secret identity. He offered to put a school uniform on over his Batman outfit, but I said that would look strange and stupid. He got angry and hung up the Bat-phone.

The Kid Who Would Be King, see it in cinemas from February 15th!


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