With one major movie already under his belt and several other high-budgeted movies (“Legend”and “Eddie the Eagle”) on the way, the young British star appears to be on his way to Sherwood Forest for another huge role. According to Empire Online citing Deadline, Egerton is in early talks to star in Lionsgate‘s “Robin Hood: Origins“.
Deadline revealed that both sides are nowhere near a done deal yet, but should he sign the contract, he will be the next actor to portray Robin Hood, the Sherwood Forest’s finest outlaw that was previously portrayed by Russell Crowe and Cary Elwes.
Traditionally depicted as being dressed in Lincoln green, Robin Hood (or Robyn Hode) is a highly skilled archer and swordsman from Sherwood Forest. After finding out that his beloved town is shrouded by evil and crime, he forms his own band of “Merry Men” and becomes a heroic outlaw by “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”. Due to his immense popularity, the folk figure was widely represented in modern literature, films, and TV. Titled “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, the 1983 film adaptation is considered by many to be the best and the most popular Robin Hood movie, followed by Disney’s animated adaptation with a cast of woodland creatures.
Multiple studios including Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony are in contention to bring the movie to the big screen, but Lionsgate is one step ahead of the rest, as the film has already acquired the script written by “Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur” scribe Joby Harold. The studio has appointed director Otto Bathurst (of “Peaky Blinders” and “Luthor” fame) to helm the project while Leonardo Dicaprio-owned production company, Appian Way will produce it alongside Jenniffer Davisson, Tory Tunnell, and Harold.
Slated to begin production by early 2016, the new film is said to be a “gritty reboot”. With further details being kept under wraps, Egerton’s involvement may bring anticipation for fans.
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Source: Empire Online