Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood film begins production

Posted by · 2:22 pm · March 24th, 2009

Fingers crossed for this one.  Sue me, I still love “Prince of Thieves.”

Anyway, Universal rolls out the red carpet with a big ole’ announcement today:

Joining Crowe and Blanchett for the film are Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as John and Richard’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Stardust) as King John’s vicious henchman, Sir Godfrey; Oscar Isaac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John; and Léa Seydoux (13 French Street, upcoming Inglourious Basterds) as the woman who will become queen, French Princess Isabella. Playing key members of Robin’s band of men are Scott Grimes (television’s ER, American Dad) as Welshman Will Scarlet; Kevin Durand (upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) as Robin’s right-hand, Scotsman Little John; and newcomer Alan Doyle as their troubadour, Irishman Allan Adayle.

(Full press release after the jump.)

UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCE START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON
AN UNTITLED ROBIN HOOD ADVENTURE,
STARRING RUSSELL CROWE AND CATE BLANCHETT
AND DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT

Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Léa Seydoux, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand and Alan Doyle Join Cast of Epic Action-Adventure Produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe

London, U.K., March 30, 2009 – Academy Award®-winning actors Russell Crowe (Gladiator, American Gangster) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) have begun production on an untitled Robin Hood adventure, the next film from celebrated director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, American Gangster). The epic action-adventure, which reunites Crowe and Scott for their fifth collaboration, will be produced by Oscar®-winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster), Scott and Crowe. It will lens in the United Kingdom.

Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

Joining Crowe and Blanchett for the film are Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as John and Richard’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Stardust) as King John’s vicious henchman, Sir Godfrey; Oscar Isaac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John; and Léa Seydoux (13 French Street, upcoming Inglourious Basterds) as the woman who will become queen, French Princess Isabella. Playing key members of Robin’s band of men are Scott Grimes (television’s ER, American Dad) as Welshman Will Scarlet; Kevin Durand (upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) as Robin’s right-hand, Scotsman Little John; and newcomer Alan Doyle as their troubadour, Irishman Allan Adayle.

Ridley Scott directs the project from a script by Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris (creators of television’s Sleeper Cell) and Oscar® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential). Scott assembles a team of longtime collaborators for the action-adventure, including John Mathieson (Gladiator, Hannibal) as its cinematographer and Arthur Max (Gladiator, American Gangster) as the production designer. The film’s editor is two-time Oscar® winner Pietro Scalia (Black Hawk Down, JFK), and its costume designer is Oscar® winner Janty Yates (Gladiator, American Gangster). The executive producer is Charles Schlissel (Matchstick Men, Flightplan).

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com ). Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.




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  • 1 3-24-2009 at 3:03 pm

    Jim said...

    1) I have yet to understand what production means. Is it the whole procedure? I mean, “production begins” is not the same as “they begin shooting”, right?

    2) How difficult for Redgrave this must be. All the others will feel sad and weird I guess. But her… Is there a possibility she droppes out? I guess not. She would have announced it already. Maybe working will be good for her (though there is no medicine for what happened to her).

  • 2 3-24-2009 at 3:03 pm

    Andy said...

    Conspicuously absent from the character/cast list….the Sheriff. I know the original idea was for Crowe to play both roles (wink), but wasn’t that idea scrapped? Anyone know who’s playing Nottingham?

  • 3 3-24-2009 at 3:08 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    The Sheriff might not even be cast yet. But certainly an interesting observation!

  • 4 3-24-2009 at 3:44 pm

    Cindy said...

    No Friar Tuck yet either but I imagine casting is still going on. Principal photography is supposed to start next Monday, 3/30, and continue for 6 months. It’s possible Vanessa’s part will be done at a later time.

  • 5 3-24-2009 at 5:33 pm

    Georgie said...

    It’ll be interesting seeing Kevin Durand, from TV’s Lost play Little John, considering he played a villain [Keamy] in Lost and he was the first ‘bad guy’ on Lost I honestly loathed.

    And here’s to hoping Vanessa Redgrave doesn’t drop out.

  • 6 3-24-2009 at 5:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    He’s good at playing douche bags, for sure. Loved it when Crowe stabbed him a million times with a fork in “3:10.”

  • 7 3-24-2009 at 5:49 pm

    Georgie said...

    And I loved when [Lost SPOILER, although it’s from last season…] Ben stabbed him to death in Lost. Perhaps Little John will meet the same bloody, stabbed end as Durand’s other characters.

  • 8 3-24-2009 at 9:05 pm

    Francisca Susi said...

    Last time I heard, Paul Giamatti was approached to take the role of Friar Tuck. If he says “yes”, that’d be great. :D

  • 9 3-24-2009 at 9:07 pm

    Zac said...

    Screw Prince of Tides; I love Robin Hood: Men in Tights. :)

  • 10 3-25-2009 at 2:25 am

    annick bor said...

    I read that Paul Giametti was supposed to play Friar Tuck’s part. It would be wonderful if this nice actor could join the party !

    Besides, it’s great to read that a French actress could play, too !

    What a varied and magnificent staff and cast. Thank you to Sir Ridley and Russell Crowe and all the people involved to make this project true.

    It will be a treat to see Janty Yates’s gorgeous costumes

  • 11 4-17-2010 at 10:03 pm

    tiger tim said...

    ‘Robin Hood’? –from the director of ‘Black Hawk Down’ –in 2010? –on the once again ‘mysteriously overlooked’, epically, staggeringly relevant, STILL unfolding
    –KOREAN WAR is, once again, ‘mysteriously
    overlooked’? ——what?!

    STOP being such easily set-up saps America!

  • 12 5-30-2010 at 1:22 pm

    june mclean said...

    Saw this film last week and actually preferred it to Prince of Theives, I would see it again and definately buy the dvd