ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – No mud. No pitchforks. And definitely no “guys in tights running around swashbuckling.” Director Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) knew he would need to lay down a few ground rules if he was going to blow the cobwebs out of Sherwood Forest. But hold on to the hero: “You don’t become a legend for 800 years if you’ve just stolen a few bags of money from rich people to give to the poor,” Bathurst told EW on the Budapest set in April. “In my mind, Robin Hood was this sort of seriously militarized anarchist revolutionary, a freedom thinker and a truth seeker. And the more I got into the story, it just became startling how utterly relevant it is to what’s going on in society now.”
His Robin, 28-year-old Taron Egerton, agrees: “I was approached not long after the first Kingsman movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was ‘Why?’ [But] Otto told me he wanted to do something entirely revisionist, something that can’t be tied down to a medieval universe. The first act of the movie, these scenes crusading in Syria, were written like something from The Hurt Locker. It was fantastic, and that was enough to convince me.” Also on board: Merry Men Jamie Foxx (Little John) and Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett), and The Knick‘s Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. And Ben Mendelsohn steps into the Sheriff of Nottingham’s boots — a role that for many is still defined by the late Alan Rickman in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. “I ain’t gonna be outdoing him,” he admits. “That performance is a delightful tour de force, and I knew and loved the man. But I get a kick out of [sharing it], and I think he would have too.”
Foxx, for one, is already a Mendelsohn superfan: “He’s venomous. So good. There are some people that can just whup your ass. Him, Samuel Jackson, Viola Davis: ass whuppers.” And he says he too felt galvanized by Bathurst’s vision, freed from the constraints of period-perfect accents, costumes, and soundtrack cues. “I wanted to be part of it because it’s hood, not Robin Hood. He’s making it new and interesting, and it gives it weight.” Though one early promise might have been broken, Egerton admits with a laugh: “I did initially say the only thing I wouldn’t do was wear tights, and the pants did sort of get tighter and tighter… Let’s just call them jeggings now.”
DEADLINE – Lionsgate released a number of release date changes this afternoon, chiefly that its Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Robin Hood will now open on September 21, 2018 in Imax versus the previous March 23 date next year. Robin Hood will be a destination for older guys with the only competition that weekend being Sony’s kid pic Goosebumps 2.
Peaky Blinders’ Otto Bathurst directs Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Jamie Foxx (Little John), Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett), Eve Hewson (Maid Marian) and Paul Anderson in what is a darkly toned title that follows the classic hero following his Crusades battles. Returning to Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood finds it rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws, and they take matters into their own hands, leading a revolt against the corrupt English crown.
March 23 was quite crowded with Paramount’s Action Point and Sherlock Gnomes and Universal/Legendary’s Pacific Rim Uprising. Key word here for Robin Hood on its new date in September next year: The film has Imax screens.
Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and Terrell native Jamie Foxx is cast as Little John in the latest Robin Hood movie set to release in 2017.
The star, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 2004 Ray Charles bio-pic Ray, will play the Merry Man in Robin Hood: Origins, said to be a Batman Begins-style origin story.
British actor Taron Egerton, who appears in this year’s Eddie the Eagle film as British underdog ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards, will play Robin and Bridge of Spies actress Eve Hewson will play Maid Marian.
It is directed by Otto Bathurst, who also directed the Peaky Blinders TV series.
Irish star Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of U2 frontman Bono and Ali Hewson, has said she is looking forward to putting her own stamp on Maid Marion in director Otto Bathurst’s movie adaptation of Robin Hood.
The actress will appear alongside Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Egerton in the “gritty revisionist take” retelling of the Robin Hood legend and said she is “excited” to take on the leading role.
Speaking to Total Film magazine, the 24-year-old Dubliner said: “I read with Taron and he’s incredible. “Marian was a pioneer. All I can really say is I’m excited to give it a crack and I think it’s going to be a new take on the role.”
Egerton will play Robin as he arrives back from the Crusades and begins to recruit his band of Merry Men when he discovers corruption across Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.
Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) will direct from a script by Joby Harold, with production slated to begin on Robin Hood: Origins in the next few months. Continue reading Eve Hewson not daunted by ‘new take’ on Robin Hood