Vanessa Redgrave, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand Are Hood Bound
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 11:51:02
Ridley Scott has hired more actors for his new and evolving take on the Robin Hood legend. The film, previously titled Nottingham, is currently without a new title and is expected to be changed to Robin Hood, which is instantly more recognizable. The film has also been assigned a May 14, 2010 release date.
The legendary British thespian Vanessa Redgrave, who just lost daughter Natasha Richardson in a tragic skiing accident, has joined the cast. She will play Queen Eleanor of Aquitane. Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, and Alan Doyle have all been cast in the Russell Crowe vehicle. Grimes will play Will Scarlet, a skilled swordsmen and the nephew of Robin Hood. Durand is playing Robin Hood's right-hand man, Little John. Doyle will play a mercenary who goes by the name of Martin Keamy. Despite not having a firm title, the film is on track for an April shoot in the U.K.
The film was originally supposed to view Robin Hood through the eyes of the Sheriff of Nottingham, but that point of view has since been abandoned and the film will now focus on Robin Hood's early days, when he was a member of King Richard's army and led a band of mercenaries who challenge the sheriff and worked to prevent civil war.
Cate Blanchett signed on earlier in the month to play the role of Maid Marian.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff