Robin Hood First Official Images Drop for Taron Egerton Film.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood First Official Images Drop for Taron Egerton Film

The first images of Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian drop for the new take on a legend.

There have been many a Robin Hood movie made by Hollywood, but now is the day and age of shared universes. So the idea of an entire multi-franchise series of films set in Sherwood forest has new appeal for many players. Hence why there are four Robin Hood films in various stages of production. And the first one that will definitely see the big screen is Robin Hood (formerly known as Robin Hood: Origins), a film that aims to do exactly what its first title suggested, which is to depict the origins of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. And with Taron Egerton, the breakout star of Kingsman, set to play the Prince of Thieves himself, it instantly has appeal for a new audience.

So here is everything you need to know about the project.

Latest Robin Hood News

And the hits from Entertainment Weekly’s 2018 preview just keep on coming. The latest batch of fun they have released are our first official images of Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. Further, we got some insight about what to expect from the film.

Taron Egerton told the magazine that he was a skeptical as any when he first heard of a new Robin Hood movie, however, he was sold on a gritty aesthetic in the script which he likened to a Kathryn Bigelow movie.

“I was approached not long after the first Kingsman movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was ‘Why?” Egerton said. “[But Otto Bathurst] 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.”

EW also spoke with director Otto Bathurst during production earlier this year in Budapest, during which time the director also shined some light on what he is attempting: “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. 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.”

Robin Hood Release Date

Just as Robin Hood was once known as Robin Hood: Origins, it also was expected to be released on March 23, 2018. However, Lionsgate has shuffled the deck in the dog days of summer 2017, choosing to move the film from March to Sept. 22, 2018 as its release date. A little later, it is roughly in the same time fram as Egerton’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle in 2017. Presumably, this means it will be aiming for an older audience who doesn’t worry about having school off when they see a film.

Robin Hood: Origins Cast and Crew

The production of the film has been interesting with Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) writing the script on spec before lining up the chance to also produce the picture when it enticed Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. Now set to be distributed by Lionsgate, the movie has chugged along admirably, albeit with a delay in the start of production, because its star Egerton saw the Kingsman sequel fast-tracked to 2017.

As it stands now, Robin Hood: Origins is being directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) and is on schedule to begin filming in 2017. In addition to Egerton, the film has cast Jamie Foxx in a new take on the Little John character. Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies) has meanwhile been cast as Maid Marian. The picture also has Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) attached to play the Sheriff of Nottingham while Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) is Will Scarlett in the movie. Also the newest big screen Friar Tuck will be comedian Tim Minchin.

Robin Hood Tone

Jamie Foxx welcomed the New Year in by explaining to We’ve Got This Covered how Robin Hood: Origins will be different from any potential other Robin Hood films, as well as the legendary ones from the past.

“Those other Robin Hoods don’t mean shit. Our Robin Hood, it’s on. We’re battling, gonna drop the same day. What’s different about ours? It’s just a grittier take. With Otto [Bathurst] directing, it’s just a grittier take. It’s not like in the Sherwood Forest, tights and all that. It’s not like that. It’s grittier, a more real version, if that makes sense. But no disrespect to anyone else’s Robin Hood.”

This continues the trend of his co-star. Indeed, Taron Egerton uttered the buzziest words in Hollywood this decade, at least besides “shared franchise.” Yep, get ready for a dark and gritty Robin Hood!

“Robin Hood has a reputation for being quite clean and wholesome, aside from Alan Rickman’s amazing performance in the Kevin Costner version, but it’s tights and thigh-slapping and merry men,” Egerton said in December. “This is really kind of dark and gritty and very funny too, but it’s a real revisionist version of the story. There’s no singing and riding through the glen in this: it’s a real war movie. Quite an anti-establishment war movie, I would say.”

He also added, “And Robin’s not perfect in it, either, which is what I like about it. He’s not a classic hero, he makes mistakes.”

Sherwood’s going to be a grimmer place by the sound of it.

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