First Look At Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 20th, 2009 at 7:31 am,

The first picture of Russell Crowe as Robin Hood has finally been released and it looks great!

The movie is currently shooting and in recent weeks we’ve been seeing an onslaught of casting updates. Joining Crowe in this adventure are Cate Blanchett (Maid Marian), Mark Strong (Sir Godfrey), Kevin Durand (Little John), William Hurt (William Marshall), Scott Grimes (Will Scarlet), Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Eleanor) and Alan Doyle (Alan-a-Dale).

Interestingly, we still don’t know who will be playing the Sheriff of Nottingham, the character originally set to be played by Crowe (back when Christian Bale was supposed to play Robin Hood and even after that when Crowe was apparently going to play both characters…).

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Russell Crowe as Robin Hood

Three things I first noticed from the image:

  1. Crowe lost a ton of weight from his role in State of Play
  2. Crowe’s rocking his same “Caesar” hairstyle from Gladiator
  3. This Robin Hood doesn’t wear tights.

All of which are good things in my opinion! Producer Brian Grazer had this to say about the updated version of the prince of thieves:

“He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights… He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.”

I think this picture is great – It doesn’t match what I had in my head for the agile archer and thief but this warrior-look works for me.

The synopsis of the film is as follows:

“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 Marian (Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marian 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.”

What do you think of the new live-action incarnation of the infamous Robin Hood?

Robin Hood is directed by Ridley Scott and scheduled to release May 14, 2010, one week after Iron Man 2.

Source: USA Today

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  1. Can't wait to Russell Crowe as Robin Hood. He definitely has a great look going on and he does so well in Ridley Scott movies! Great director and lead actors!

  2. @KenJ:

    … anyone who robs people for a living is a criminal. This whole romanticized idea that someone is stealing from the “evil rich people” and giving it to the “good unfortunate poor people” is ridiculous to me”

    You make some interesting points, but you're also missing some important ones.

    I completely agree with you that generalizing “rich” and “poor” as either “good” or “evil” is nonsense.

    But you're falling into the trap of what the modernists have spun regarding Robin Hood. The consistent heart of the legends was that an evil king and sheriff abused their powers to the detriment of the people living within their jurisdiction. Unjust taxes and restrictions left the common people destitute.

    In the legends, Robin Hood did not “steal” from the “rich” in an arbitrary manner; he targeted the government agents who had unjustly robbed the people through heavy taxation. That the king and sheriff took the money “legally” did not make it right. In this sense, Robin Hood was “stealing” money in order to return it to its rightful owners. “Rich” and “poor” had no bearings on his actions whatsoever; only a sense of righting wrongs.

    The way that the story of Robin Hood has been twisted into a story of class warfare is truly off base.

  3. Ugh! Yet another remake?! Does Holly Wood even try anymore? Its seems that %99 of movies that come out fall into 5 categories:

    a) Sequel

    b) remake of an old movie

    c) tv series that DID NOT need to be made into a movie

    d) Romantic Comedy (Because apparently there are a lot of people who have no idea what to do on a date)

    e) Giant 3-D CGI crappy script, but EPIC effects mega movie

    I understand the need to make money, but I also know unless it falls into slot (e), i’m probably just going to download it and not waste anymore cash down the Holly Wood Pie hole.

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