Nearly Full Cast Announced for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
by Alex Billington
March 25, 2009
It looks like the next film from Ridley Scott won't be anything to quickly forget, like A Good Year and Body of Lies. Scott is gearing up to shoot Robin Hood in the next few months and has finalized most of the cast, which will be headlined by Russell Crowe. The project was originally envisioned as a revisionist take on the Robin Hood story told from the point of view of the Sheriff of Nottingham, but that idea was scrapped. This latest iteration follows 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.
Thanks to this latest news on Hollywood Reporter today, the full cast for Robin Hood is as follows:
» Russell Crowe as Robin Hood
» Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion
» Oscar Isaac as King John
» Mark Strong as King John's henchman Sir Godfrey
» Vanessa Redgrave as King John's mother Queen Eleanor
» Léa Seydoux as French Princess Isabella
» Scott Grimes as Welshman Will Scarlet
» Kevin Durand as Scotsman Little John
» Alan Doyle as Irishman Allan Adayle
Currently missing from the cast is King Richard, although I'm sure we'll hear an update on him soon. Additionally, I'm unsure if Crowe is still playing both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham (as was the case from the very start), because I thought that idea was scrapped with the early version of the script. However, since there isn't any information that says otherwise, that appears to still be the case. This latest version of Robin Hood was written by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk, "Sleeper Cell") as well as Oscar winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Mystic River).
At this point, I don't know if this is still the Gladiator-like Robin Hood movie that Ridley Scott said it would be, but I'm still excited for it anyway. We'll keep an eye on the production and let you know if we hear more details on the Sheriff of Nottingham. Shooting begins in the UK in July, so stay tuned for updates!