Taron Egerton stars in the first trailer for Lionsgate's Robin Hood. The character of Robin Hood is one of the oldest and most well-known heroes from literature, and that's led to quite a few interpretations of his story on the big screen. Disney turned the story into an animated fox adventure, while Hollywood stars like Cary Elwes, Kevin Costner, and Russell Crowe have each taken a shot at bringing him to life. Despite the several attempts, Errol Flynn's portrayal in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood is still viewed as the best.
Lionsgate is now giving rising movie star Taron Egerton the chance to play the iconic character. After successful turns in Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle, Egerton is eyeing what could be another franchise role if his Robin Hood can stand above the rest. With a great supporting cast around him, the talent involved would signal that it may just be possible. But, the true test was always going to be the first actual footage, which is now here.
The first teaser trailer for Lionsgate's Robin Hood has arrived to show why this version of the story will be different. Otto Bathurst makes the jump to film after successfully directing episodes of Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders. Watch the first trailer now to see what is in store.
It is clear from this first trailer that the new Robin Hood is leaning more on its stylized action than anything. With a capable action lead like Egerton playing the title role, its a fitting move to make - and one that looks to have delivered an exciting version of the popular tale. Bathurst looks to have a very good eye for the action, mixing in plenty of slo-mo shots that give Robin Hood almost a Zack Snyder feel.
The trailer also goes into the story, but largely sets up the beats that many are already familiar with. It does give the footage a chance to introduce Jamie Foxx as Hood's mentor Little John, as well as Ben Mendelsohn's Sheriff of Nottingham as the villain. Eve Hewson gets plenty of time too as the love interest, and the movie will definitely reveal to her how Egerton's character is playing both sides of the system. But, since the story itself has been seen before, it could be the action that helps set this take apart. Hopefully, there's still a good mixture of story and action though so Robin Hood avoids being this year's King Arthur.
- Robin Hood (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018