We finally have a first look at Taron Egerton in the new Robin Hood movie!
Entertainment Weekly, who has spent the week revealing first-look images for blockbusters like Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts and X-Men: Dark Pheonix, just revealed the first pictures from the Robin Hood remake. Directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), the still-untitled Robin Hood movie will tell a sort of origin story for the infamous hero, with Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton filling the iconic role.
Discussing the film with EW, Otto reveals how his take on the legend differs to previous versions:
“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.”
Egerton goes on to say that he was initially hesitant to join the project, thinking that another Robin Hood movie was unnecessary, but was eventually swayed over by Bathurst’s original take on the character and the legend:
“I was approached not long after the first Kingsman movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was ‘Why?’ [But] Otto 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.”
Joining Egerton in the Robin Hood remake is Jamie Foxx as Little John, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett, and The Knick‘s Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. Ben Mendelsohn steps into the Sheriff of Nottingham’s boots, a role that was defined by Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Speaking to EW, Mendelsohn praised Rickman’s legendary performance in that film and shared his excitement to step into the character:
“I ain’t gonna be outdoing him. That performance is a delightful tour de force, and I knew and loved the man. But I get a kick out of [sharing it], and I think he would have too.”
This exciting new Robin Hood movie lands in theatres on September 21, 2018.