Sienna Miller Joins Ridley Scott's Nottingham as Maid Marian
We already know that Russell Crowe will play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott's revisionist version of the classic Robin Hood tale, but who might play the lovely Maid Marian? Sienna Miller, of Layer Cake and G.I. Joe fame, has announced that she has joined Nottingham as Lady Marian Fitzwater. It looks like we'll be seeing a much more seductive and sultry Marian than the dainty and charming Marian that Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio played in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I've been looking forward to Nottingham ever since producer Brian Grazer said that the film "is the Gladiator version of Robin Hood." I'm not sure Miller really makes a difference to me, but it's good to hear that casting is finally coming together.
Miller told the BBC recently (via Filmonic) that she "just found out" that she was cast and, of course, "it's the most exciting news in the world." She adds that "there's this looming actor's strike, so it's not 100% sure that it's going to be made, but it's looking pretty certain." As is always the case, until it's actually shooting, nothing is official in Hollywood. However, I think Scott and Grazer really want to get this made and will be pushing for it. Grazer previously said that "I think it will have the same propulsion that Gladiator had - the same adrenaline hits." With that kind of enthusiasm, it's very likely that Grazer will be making sure this gets made sooner than later, despite any acting strike or not.
Our script reviewer Nick Valentine chimes in with his thoughts. Marian's character is less damsel in distress and more of an empowered female in Nottingham. Marian (who in this film is actually the fianceé of Sir Robin of Locksley) holds intellectual debates, shoots ferocious animals, and outrides Sir Russel of Crowe on horseback. Having never seen too much of Sienna Miller outside of her sexed up role in Layer Cake and her portrayal of the haughty and superficial Victoria in Stardust, I'm not too sure that she can play the part of the empowered female. Seeing her in the upcoming G.I. Joe film as the Baroness should give a good indication of her ability to be involved in the action. But as far as eye candy goes, in my opinion, she definitely hits the bullseye. Do you think Sienna Miller is a good choice?