Margot Robbie To Star In Robin Hood Spinoff Marian

With reboots and remakes dominating the movie landscape, Robin Hood is branching out with not one but two upcoming features. There will be the 2018 title Robin Hood: Origins starring Taron Egerton, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan. But another film is muscling in on this territory courtesy of Marian.

Said to take place in an alternate Robin Hood universe, the Sony Pictures production will see Australian actress and Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie front the installment as well as produce under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. This is the same studio that helped to craft another of Robbie's projects I, Tonya, a biopic that centers around the life and scandal of former athlete Tonya Harding.

Donald De Line and Amy Pascal are assisting Robbie in this capacity as LuckyChap are in production mode for Bad Monkeys and Beautiful Things.

First Female Flick For Sheriff's Daughter

The role of Maid Marian or Lady Marian has been covered for the best part of a century on screens big and small. Often portraying a pacifist damsel in distress waiting for Robin Hood to swoop in and save the day. From Enid Bennett back in a silent film in 1922 to Joan Rice, Barbara Rush, Gay Hamilton, Monica Evans, Audrey Hepburn, Uma Thurman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Cate Blanchett in 2010's Robin Hood, there has been little explored with the daughter of the Sheriff of Nottingham to make her fairly one dimensional.

Knowing the veracity and talent possessed by Robbie on the other hand, this feature should be able to embark on territory never seen before to understand her role. With Pete Barry on board to write the screenplay, the story is said to follow Marian as she leads her people in the wake of Robin Hood's death. And, in doing so, takes the mantle of her lover in protecting the kingdom.

JD Spotted On Set Shooting Origins

As one Robin Hood production gets busy with casting duties, the Origins version has been furiously rolling the cameras away in Croatia. Jamie Dornan was the final star that had yet to be seen as the 34-year old linked up with the remainder of the ensemble.

The Englishman is fresh from fronting the 2017 sequel Fifty Shades Darker, a franchise that has been lambasted by critics around the country. An escape to Eastern Europe is probably what the doctor ordered, doing his best to shield his identity.

Source: Variety, Just Jared

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