Many actors, when they’re playing iconic roles, tend to worry about being type cast. Take Star Wars, for instance. If you come off a role playing the film’s villain, rattling your (light)saber at the heroic group of freedom fighters trying to restore peace and justice, are you going to want to head into the woods of Merry Ole England in medieval times and do the exact same thing? If you’re Ben Mendelsohn, you do! The character actor, who is about to make a big impression on fans as bad guy Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will next fill the boots of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Reports have Mendelsohn joining the case of Robin Hood: Origins, Lionsgate‘s rebooted take on the legendary figure of English lore who “stole from the rich and gave to the poor.” The Sheriff has been played by several different actors over the years, perhaps most notably by the late, great Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Melville Cooper played the Sheriff opposite Errol Flynn in the 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alabama-born comedian Pat Buttram voiced the character in the 1973 Disney animated film Robin Hood, and Robert Shaw starred opposite Sean Connery as the elder Sheriff in Robin and Marian.
In Robin Hood: Origins, Mendelsohn will be appearing opposite Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, “a war-hardened crusader who joins a Moorish commander in an audacious revolt against the corrupt English monarchy.” The movie will co-star Jamie Foxx as John Little, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet. Otto Bathurst, who’s directed several episodes of many different series on British TV – including Black Mirror, Hustle, Five Days and Peaky Blinders – will be behind the camera.
Robin Hood: Origins will be in theatres everywhere on March 23, 2018.
Source: Geek Tyrant