Robin Hood: Origins is “dark and gritty”

Now he’s done with the shoot of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Taron Egerton is moving on to filming Robin Hood: Origins. The movie was delayed to accommodate Egerton’s schedule, given that he was contractually obligated to make Kingsman 2 first (not that there was reluctance to return for another Kingsman film). Now, though, it’s full steam ahead. The new Robin Hood film is being directed by Otto Bathurst, and whilst on the promotional trail for the animated flick Sing, to which he provides voice work, Egerton has been discussing the approach of the new Robin Hood movie.

“It’s a real reimagining: it’s not really very recognisable as Robin Hood”, he told Collider.

“Robin Hood has a reputation for being quite clean and wholesome, aside from Alan Rickman’s amazing performance in the Kevin Costner version, but it’s tights and thigh-slapping and merry men. This is really kind of dark and gritty and very funny too, but it’s a real revisionist version of the story. There’s no singing and riding through the glen in this: it’s a real war movie.  Quite an anti-establishment war movie, I would say.”

“It’s dark”, he added. “And Robin’s not perfect in it, either, which is what I like about it. He’s not a classic hero, he makes mistakes”.

Production begins in January, and the film also features Jamie Foxx as Little John and Eve Hewson as Maid Marion. There’s also someone in place to play the Sheriff of Nottingham, but that announcement hasn’t yet been made. Egerton promises that we’ll be getting “the most kick ass Sheriff of Nottingham”, though.

Robin Hood: Origins is set for release in 2018.