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…).

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