Universal Pictures has released the first official movie trailer for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett Mark Strong, William Hurt. Kevin Durand, Alan Doyle, and Scott Grimes. It seems like the new Hollywood trend is to market period action films by using hard loud rock/metal music — which almost screams “this isn’t your father’s Robin Hood!” Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Universal has announced the full cast listing for Ridley Scott‘s Yet-To-Be-Titled Robin Hood movie, which has begun production in the United Kingdom. Joining Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett will be:
- Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as John and Richard’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
- Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Stardust) as King John’s vicious henchman, Sir Godfrey
- Oscar Isaac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John
- Léa Seydoux (13 French Street, Inglourious Basterds) as the woman who will become queen, French Princess Isabella
Robin’s band of men:
- Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad) as Welshman Will Scarlet
- Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) as Robin’s right-hand, Scotsman Little John
- Alan Doyle as their troubadour, Irishman Allan Adayle
We are also given the first official plot synopsis for the film, which you can read after the jump.
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Do you remember the musical rooster with a lute in the Disney Robin Hood toon? That was Alan-a-Dale, the narrator-sidekick and a character who has had a fairly minor role, if any role at all, in most versions of the legend. He’s going to turn up in the new Ridley Scott rendition, however, and the part has just been cast. To confuse idiot journalists everywhere, the man to take up the role has the name Alan Doyle which – this side of Neighbors and Ugly Betty at least – is probably the closest modern name to the made-up minstrel’s funny ol’ handle.
Alan Doyle is the frontman for Great Big Sea, a group of Candian folk rockers that I had, until now, only heard of when I wasn’t fully paying attention. I guess I’ll have to Spotify them and put myself right/put myself off [delete as appropriate].
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