Starring: Elliot Knight, Naveen Andrews, Dimitri Leonidas, Marama Corlett, Elliot Cowan, Estella Daniels, Junix Inocian
Classics will always be ripe for reimagining as producers look for new hits, and after the success of Game of Thrones, and even Merlin, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a few people consider Sinbad ready for a new era with a slightly darker take on the roving sailor.
Newcomer Elliot Knight stars as Sinbad, a young, street-wise pauper who dabbles in fighting and thievery with his younger brother Jamil, played by Devon Anderson. Sinbad is destined for trouble though as he wins a brawl in the opening scene that mistakenly ends with his opponent’s death. This might not be so bad if it was not for the fact that his opponent was the son of Lord Akbari, played by Naveen Andrews, one of the city’s most powerful men.
To pay back the blood debt, Akbari locks up Sinbad and murders his brother in front of him. While Sinbad does manage to escape, when he returns home to his grandmother Safia, played by Dame Janet Suzman, she curses him to roam the seas until he atones for his brother’s death.
Thrown out of his home, the curse leads Sinbad to a new group of cohorts, including the doctor, Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas), Norse trader Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), the lady, Nala (Estella Daniels), a thief named Rina (Marama Corlett), and the ship’s cook (Junix Inocian).