Star of the upcoming Robin Hood, Taron Egerton, spoke to ComicBook.com about the movie while promoting Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
— Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton) January 30, 2017
"My Robin Hood, as with Kevin Costner's, he's a soldier," Egerton said. "We find him out in Syria. I don't think that's too much to say. He's flawed, my Robin Hood. He's a little self-involved and a little self-serving but over the course of the film becomes the hero of the legend. I suspect I'm probably one of the younger Robin Hoods but it's very dark. Gritty. I'm hoping that it will be very funny. Jamie Foxx is Little John. Ben Mendelsohn is the Sheriff of Nottingham. Tim Minchin is Friar Tuck. We've got some people with real, not only incredible acting skills, but also great comic chops, as well. It should have a bit of everything, he says hopefully."
On the list of movies that sounded like a better idea a year ago, Robin Hood is probably right at the top. A year ago, a gritty reimagining of the classic story seemed like it would be a license to print money. Then King Arthur: Legend of the Sword happened, and now the buzz isn't so positive. The movie is finished, though, so aside from massive reshoots sometime in the next year, there isn't much anyone can do about it.
Robin Hood has a very impressive cast, but there were quite a few talented people in King Arthur, as well. The movie is a year away now, so we're months away from seeing footage — but it's going to be interesting to see whether this film suffers the same fate as other gritty remakes have in the last several years.
Summary: A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story.
Robin Hood, directed by Otto Bathurst, stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Foxx, and Eve Hewson. It will be released on September 18th, 2018.
— Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton) May 19, 2017