Matthew Macfadyen is the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood?
by Alex Billington
April 24, 2009
We thought the entire cast had been announced for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, but apparently not. SlashFilm has discovered that British actor Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice, Death at a Funeral, Frost/Nixon) has been cast as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood. But how can this be, wasn't Russell Crowe supposed to play that role and Robin Hood? If you missed it, in February we posted an update from Ridley Scott who clarified that they had gotten rid of that dual casting. But when all the casting confirmations came in around March, the Sheriff was mysteriously missing. At least we know who it is.
Word is that Macfadyen first revealed at a Masterclass event that he was in Robin Hood, but that news didn't get very far. However, on the fansite Darcylicious, they eventually confirmed with Macfadyen's agent that he is indeed starring as the Sheriff of Nottingham. It's odd to see a fansite getting confirmation, but it otherwise seems legitimate, and now we don't have to be suspicious about that missing casting anymore. Although the idea in general was widely criticized, it may be unfortunate to some to now know that Russell Crowe won't be playing the dual roles anymore. That would've at least been interesting to see, I think.
As for Macfadyen, he's a great actor for sure, but he's very soft spoken. I might even call him a lightweight. But maybe this is a chance for him to really show us what he's got and push his own limits. That is, if this is the villain that I'm imagining the Sheriff of Nottingham to be. The plot of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will follow Robin from his early days in King Richard's army to his return to Nottingham to his creation of a band of mercenaries who challenge the sheriff and eventually try to prevent civil war. If you haven't already seen it, we posted a photo of Crowe as Robin Hood a few days ago. Macfadyen will shoot in May and June.