March 23, 2018. That is when we get see the reboot of Robin Hood make it's debut at the movies. Variety reports that Lionsgate is in the production phase of operations. A number of casting selections have already taken place, such as Foxx and Dornan. But the big news now is Taron Egerton being given the lead role of hero with the bow and arrow. You know the drill - robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.
It will be an origin story to see how he became the icon in green. Makes sense, since origin stories typically play well with critics and audiences alike. If successful, the installment will be paving the way for a franchise reboot. Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio continues to expand his producing portfolio as he takes part in the behind-the-scenes action for the movie. He will also be joined by Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Basil Iwanyk, Tory Tunnell, and Joby Harold.
Story To Focus On Hood's Conflict With The Monarchy
Outside of a brief synopsis, most of the main cast and a number of players working on the project, very little is known about the reboot. The story is said to focus on Robin Hood's background as a war-hardened crusader, joining with a Moorish commander in a bid to audaciously revolt against the corrupt English Monarchy.
This will be yet another big break in Egerton's career. And, like before, he will have an able ensemble around him. Jamie Foxx will play the iconic Little John with Eve Hewson as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett. With the latter hoping to get a better reception than his work on the critically disappointing Fifty Shades of Grey.
Will A Younger Robin Work?
2010's version of Robin Hood from Ridley Scott gave us a rough, battle-weary version of the character. A refreshing change, since we have rarely been given an insight into his emergence as a renegade in the early years. That previous installment topped $321 million worldwide on the back of a terrific cast in Australian actors Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. While great for receipts, the film didn't provide anything tremendously new or fresh. Therefore, even with the strong receipts, the franchise once again began pumping the brakes.
The anti-Monarch sentiment could be a topic that resonates with a 2018 audience as society grows ever cynical about the elite. Whatever the story focuses on, Otto Bathurst as director will have his work cut out for him. Such as how to breathe life into a medieval hero that has been shown for generations.