Every once in a while, Hollywood decides it needs to retell the Robin Hood story. Now is one of those times.
The latest take on the famous English folklore tale is due out later this year, and the movie’s official Twitter account has posted a few photos from the set, including one of Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Although this version is described at IMDb synopsis level as “a gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story,” Mendelsohn looks anything but — in fact, he looks like he’s still wearing some of his well-pressed wardrobe from his Star Wars excursion (H/T io9):
Here’s a new shot of Taron Egerton (Eggsy from the Kingsman movies) as Robin Hood himself:
This reminds us a bit of the stylish but anachronistic garb worn by Charlie Hunnam and pals in last year’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a misguided attempt to make that particular English legend palatable for modern, ADD-afflicted audiences (it didn’t work; King Arthur was one of the year’s biggest box office disasters).
In the case of Robin Hood, the filmmakers are taking it one step further and apparently upgrading the standard bows and arrows to something approaching a Middle Ages version of a semi-automatic weapon. Here’s co-star Jamie Foxx, who plays Little John, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“We’re shooting with our bows, but they computer-generated it so it’s rapid-fire, almost like an AK. I saw that and was like ‘Oh, they ain’t ready for this.’”
Modern dress and weaponry in Sherwood Forest? It looks different at any rate. In addition to Egerton, Foxx, and Mendelsohn (who we’ll see in Ready Player One in March and as an unnamed villain in next year’s Captain Marvel), Robin Hood stars Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies), and Paul Anderson (The Revenant), with Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror) directing.
The last big screen treatment of Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, came out in 2010. There was talk of a sci-fi version a little while back, but nothing seems to have come of it. Do you think this upcoming version will hit a box office bulls-eye when it’s released Sept. 21? Let us know in the comments.