Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is, if you believe the trades, going to be “a reimagined version of the origin stories of key characters in the Robin Hood legend.” Russell Crowe is starring as Robin, and he’s been attached to the project ever since it was titled Nottingham and he was slated to play the Sheriff of Nottingham; once the revisionist history version was jettisoned and the project was tweaked, Crowe slid over to the other role. Cate Blanchett has also been on board for a little while to play Maid Marian.
But the news this week is that the Merry Men have been cast, and it’s an admittedly eclectic little group. First up is Little John, who will be played by Kevin Durand. Durand has been in films like 3:10 to Yuma, but he’s best known for playing the nutjob commando Keamy last season on “Lost.” Yes, the ripped, lipless monster that cannot be stopped is going to play Robin Hood’s best friend. In other news, I am now scared of Robin Hood’s best friend.
Also, Alan Doyle will play Alan-a-Dale, a wandering minstrel who presumably will have to be tough enough to defend himself for being a wandering minstrel. The actor — and I am not making this up — sings sea shanties in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. Here’s hoping they’re this catchy.
The final addition to the cast, as Will Scarlet, is Scott Grimes, the easygoing redheaded guy you liked in “Band of Brothers” and that your mom likes on “ER.” Will is Robin’s nephew, but the casting of Grimes means that the character will now actually be likable and empathetic instead of the sniveling little douche he became in the hands of Christian Slater in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The film starts shooting in April in the U.K. Attaboy, Malark.
And because I can barely believe this is real, I have to share it: