The story of Robin Hood is one that has endured since the medieval period, with the first clear reference to him appearing as early 1377. The ballad of the woodland dwelling hero and his band of merry men who steal from the rich and give to the poor has been reincarnated in almost every possible iteration over the centuries. Now Lionsgate is joining the gang with a film due for release next year called Robin Hood: Origins. It already has a powerful cast in the form of Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx as Little John.
Comedian and musician Tim Minchin has joined the line up to play the role of Friar Tuck. This casting decision alone gives intrigued fans a lot to talk about when it comes to speculating about what this movie might be like.
Friar Tuck is famously fat and balding (and, in one instance, a bear), and Minchin is none of these things, his long wild hair being one of his most recognisable features. So it’s safe to assume that by ‘Origins’, the title genuinely means we’ll be seeing the story of Robin Hood long before any point at which we’ve met him and his followers before.
There’s also the suggestion that Minchin will bring a solidity to the philosophical side of the role. The story of Friar Tuck goes that he was a monk, expelled from his order due to his lack of respect for authority. Compare this to Minchin’s recent role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, not to mention his general disdain for superstition in all form, and the Friar’s rebellion could have a whole new edge to it.
Whether or not the filmmakers will make much use out of Minchin’s musical talent remains to be seen.
Other merry men include Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, with Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham – famously portrayed in past incarnations by the late Alan Rickman. The movie is due out in March 2018 and could well shape up to bring a whole new dimension to the immortal tale of Robin Hood.