The cast and plot for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming take on the tale of Robin Hood (formerly known as Nottingham) has come together finally. The movie is currently in production in the U.K. with leads Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion.
Joining the two stars will be legendary actress Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as Queen Eleanor; Mark Strong (Stardust, Sunshine) will play Sir Godfrey; Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad) will play Will Scarlet; Oscar Issac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John; Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) will play French Princess Isabella; Kevin Durand (Mystery, Alaska, Lost) will handle the duties of Little John; and lastly, Alan Doyle as Allan Adayle.
Along with the impressive cast, Universal also put out an official synopsis of the movie, so we know what to expect. It paints a decent picture of the more realistic and less fairy tale world that Ridley is aiming for.
Click over for the full synopsis!
Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
[Source: In Contention via /Film]