New Details on Ridley Scott's Robin Hood from Mark Strong

March 30, 2009
Source: Empire

Mark Strong

Our favorite awesome British actor Mark Strong has chimed in again on Empire with an update on Ridley Scott's Robin Hood this time. A few weeks ago, Strong gave us an update on his villainous character from Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. Oddly enough, Strong is also playing a villain in Robin Hood as well, King John's brutal henchman Sir Godfrey. "I play King John's right-hand man who is a bit of a bastard - there's lot of horse riding, lots of threatening people with enormous swords." Additionally, Strong confirms that the story we'll see in this new version of Robin Hood isn't exactly the same one that we're all familiar with.

"A year ago I was playing the Guy of Gisborne character but the story isn't the Robin Hood story. Although all the characters are all involved, it’s a different narrative," Strong told Empire. As we reported in our final casting update for Robin Hood last week, the story in this one 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 eventually try to prevent civil war. In addition to Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett as the two leads, I'm very excited to see Strong back as a villain in this, too. He's such a great actor and I'm sure will bring us a great henchman.

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Can't get excited for this movie. Was never a huge fan of the Robin Hood story, anyway. The Disney one was cool. But also, the Kevin Costner one still leaves a bad taste in my mouf. Even if they do tinker with the classic story, meh.

Greedo the Rodian on Mar 30, 2009


"Men, what happens in Sherwood, stays in Sherwood."

Vassal on Mar 30, 2009


I hope this is R and he goes back to action like gladiator/kingdom of heaven...hopefully it isnt lined with a lame ass romantic plot.

Cody on Mar 30, 2009


I lost interest in this after it seemed Ridley Scott didn't know what to do with the movie, and the title stopped being "Nottingham." It was just such a good title

Alfredo on Mar 30, 2009


Actually #4 Nottingham is a very gay title. Robin Hood is what it should be called and hopefully Ridley Scott will finally make another great film. His films have been so so of late. I really loved Gladiator. I hope he goes for a full on epic action drama film like that, instead of the lame and completely boring Kingdom Of Heaven.

Kal-el on Mar 31, 2009


if they needed a villian, they should have turned to tim roth! his villian portrayal in "rob roy" would have been perfect.

dan on Mar 31, 2009


tim roth - good call he scruffs up well and has that underlying nasty quality a really nasty villian needs - witness planet of the apes as an example my wife and kids love costners hood - i've made it through viewing then again i'm ok with eroll flynn and the 40's light hearted approach which they don't get at all. this should and could be more of the gritty realism of rob roy, braveheart, etc nottingham was cold wet dirty and smelly (some say it still is today) and that needs to be reflected if it has the range of gladiator scott 'll be on target for me arghhh the puns - they made me do it

dp on Mar 31, 2009


He's too busy with his new show which is awesome, but he does make an excellent bad guy. I'm waiting for footage on this but being a Ridley Scott fan I'll probably see it but I did not see Kingdom till HBO and thank goodness.

Hey Ya on Mar 31, 2009


Just thought I'd add that Strong will also be appearing in Peter Weir's THE WAY BACK, so Strong has a couple good roles coming up.

elessar on Mar 31, 2009


Yes Strong continues to breakthrough with great performances. I am not too sure he fits well in this role but only time will tell.

Justin on Mar 31, 2009


On the definitive edition of Kingdom of Heaven, there are numerous interviews with the committee of writers who got involved in the writing, and rewriting of the story. The same goes for Gladiator. It seems to me that when ever Scott works on one of his historical films, (of which I am a great admirer) he is constantly plagued with script writing problems. I have no doubt this film is currently suffering from the same plethora of scribblers, each eager to promote his, or her own idea's to the plot. Heres hoping Scott works his usual magic. I've always loved the story of Robin Hood and I doubt any contemporary director could do a better job.

moif on Apr 1, 2009


I agree with #4 that Nottingham was the perfect title.

peloquin on Apr 1, 2009


I think Ridley will make a gritty, realistic film,as he did with Gladiator,one of my fave's. Also looks like a really good cast.

malcamundo on Apr 21, 2009

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