Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton at arrivals for SING Premiere, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA December 3, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Lionsgate has released two new photos for their upcoming Robin Hood film. The first features Taron Egerton who stars in the title role. Admittedly, this is a different – and younger – Robin Hood than we’ve seen in the past. Bow? Check. Quiver? Check. And yet, not a speck of green to be found in the iconic outlaw’s attire! You can investigate it for yourself below:

The next photo gives us our first look at Ben Mendelsohn, an actor well acquainted with villainy, as the Sheriff of Nottingham. He looks like he just came from a GQ photoshoot. I’m curious how these divergent yet fashionable choices speak to the film’s overall aesthetic. Let’s recap everything we know about this project so far below.

What’s different about this Robin Hood movie?

It’s fitting that Robin Hood, the legendary rogue known for robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, is in the public domain. It means he is free for anybody to use. It also means Hollywood can frequent his woods whenever they deem fit. There are currently four Robin Hood films in the works, Lionsgate’s production being nearest to release.

Based on a script by Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), this is reported by Deadline to be a “gritty, revisionist take on the legend.” The original title was Robin Hood: Origins as it follows our hero after fighting in the Crusades. Robin Hood returns home to find the Sherwood Forest beset by corruption. He decides to do something about it and forms a certain group of men to help. Yes, this certainly sounds like the classic story, but the filmmakers seem to be injecting some newfound flair and attitude.

Who is starring?

Taron Egerton, the young Welsh actor best known for playing ‘Eggsy’ in the Kingsman film series, dons the hood. Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) also stars as Little John, Robin’s right hand man. Together they will face off against the Sheriff of Nottingham as played by Ben Mendelsohn (best known for Rogue One and Netflix’s Bloodline).

Who else is in the film?

Eve Hewson (The Knick) plays Maid Marian. Will Scarlet, husband to Marian and half-brother to Robin, is played by Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey). Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders) will be playing Guy of Gisborne with actor/comedian/musician Tim Minchin cast in the role of Friar Tuck.

Who is directing?

Otto Bathurst. The London native is best known for directing British television, including episodes of Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders. Robin Hood will be his theatrical debut.

When does it come out?

September 21, 2018.

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