It looks like Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood project, which was rumored to be an unusual take on the subject (Russell Crowe playing both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham) is now just a straight up adaptation of the material. Crowe is the titular character and USA Today got a hold of the first photos released by Universal Pictures.
Producer Brian Grazer tells USA Today that Robin Hood’s look has been completely updated: “He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights. He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.”
I like the design concept and any Robin Hood movie that will remove the stink of Kevin Costner from my memory is fine by me. Hopefully the movie will also play rough and tumble like Gladiator did, but be just a bit better. As fine a movie as Gladiator is, it hasn’t aged well this decade.
The main cast has already been announced: Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion, Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Eleanor, Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey, Oscar Issac as King John, Léa Seydoux as French Princess Isabella, William Hurt as Earl of Pembroke, and the Merry Men: Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet, Kevin Durand as Little John, Alan Doyle as Allan Adayle.