Kevin Kline Set to Play Actor Errol Flynn in 'The Last of Robin Hood'
by Ben Pearson
October 10, 2012
If you've wondered where the phrase "in like Flynn" came from, it allegedly entered public consciousness in association with the legendary swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn and his ladies' man persona. His off-screen womanizing got him into trouble here and there, and Variety reports that Wild Wild West star Kevin Kline will be portraying the famous actor in a new film called The Last of Robin Hood, alluding to the film that made Flynn a worldwide film icon. Quinceanera directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland wrote the screenplay and will also be directing, and Susan Sarandon has signed on in a strong supporting role, too.
The movie follows Errol Flynn at age 50 before he died of a heart attack and covers his relationship with a 17-year-old actress named Beverly Aadland, who Flynn allegedly first seduced when she was only 15. Sarandon will play Beverly's stage mother, Florence, who failed in her own attempt to make it into the spotlight and lives vicariously through her daughter's success. This could be another slice of life biopic story ala My Week With Marilyn, and with talent like Kline and Sarandon on board, it sounds pretty good to me.
One of the wilder instances in Flynn's personal life was that he was charged with statutory rape of two underage girls, causing a group of young men who believed these charges to be false to form a group called "ABCDEF," which stood for the American Boy's Club for the Defense of Errol Flynn. That's the kind of thing that seems like it should be fictional, and I wonder exactly how big a part Flynn's philandering is going to play in The Last of Robin Hood. Production starts in January, so we won't have too long until we find out.