Cate Blanchett to Play Maid Marian in Ridley's Nottingham?
As we have reported plenty of times before, Ridley Scott's Nottingham has had quite a rocky road in its development. Last we heard in December, Ridley was trying to get it made sometime this year, but was without a leading lady, since Sienna Miller had dropped out as Maid Marian. So who will replace her? How about Cate Blanchett? The UK's Telegraph newspaper (via SlashFilm) has a scoop on the casting that comes from actor Mark Strong (whom we interviewed last year). Strong, who will play Sir Guy of Gisbourne in Nottingham, told the Telegraph on the red carpet that Blanchett was taking on the role.
Strong was attending the London Film Critics' Circle Awards when he revealed that, "I think Cate Blanchett is set to take the Maid Marian part. She is a wonderful actress and it would make it a much classier film if she was in it." There's no doubt about that, especially in comparison to Sienna Miller. This hasn't been officially confirmed by Universal or anyone else, but I'd certainly take Strong's word. As we already know, Nottingham also stars Russell Crowe as both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Besides Crowe, Strong, and Blanchett, we're not sure who else is confirmed since the production schedule has changed.
Back in early December, producer Brian Grazer clarified what the dual roles for Crowe meant in relation to Nottingham. He also mentioned that Brian Helgeland was working on revising the script, which was causing all of the delays to begin with because it wasn't ready. As long as everything stays on track and Helgeland finishes a script that everyone likes, I expect Nottingham to go into production early this year with Cate Blanchett attached. Besides Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, Blanchett doesn't have any other confirmed roles lined up that we know of, so it's likely this could be accurate. Good choice or not?