Believe it or not, it has been eight years since Ridley Scott reunited with Russell Crowe for Robin Hood and failed to launch a franchise. Now, Kingsman star Taron Egerton takes has brushed up on his archery and takes on the role of Robin Hood in the unsurprisingly titled Robin Hood.
Featuring Jamie Foxx as Little John, Eve Hewson as Maid Marion, Jamie Dornan is Will Scarlett, Tim Minchin is Frair Tuck, and Hollywood’s current go-to guy for villainy, Ben Mendelsohn will portray the Sheriff of Nottingham. The script comes to us from Joby Harold who previously wrote last year’s disastrous King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
This first trailer has an unfortunate whiff of Guy’s Richie’s King Arthur that also tried and failed to launch a franchise. I won’t waste more time listing the many ways that Richie’s movie fell short of even modest expectations, but Robin Hood looks like an equally challenging prospect for audiences. Medieval set movies don’t tend to do big business at the box office, add to that a production budget of $175 million and the odds of it being a hit were always slight. We’ll have to wait and see if Robin Hood meets a similar fate, but the first teaser isn’t hugely promising.
Having directed episodes of Peaky Blinders, Hustle, and the very first episode of Black Mirror (The National Anthem), Otto Bathurst makes his feature directorial debut. Robin Hood (or King Robin Assassin’s Arthur Creed Hood) hits cinemas on November 1st. On the upside, at least this Robin of Loxley sounds English, Crowe went for a Scotish/Irish hybrid, and Kevin Costner didn’t even try to not sound like Kevin Costner.