To be released later this year, Robin Hood, follows the story of Robin Hood played by Taron Egerton (The Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle) as a war-hardened crusader who along with his commander, played by Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Baby Driver and The Amazing Spider-Man 2) seek to lead a revolt against the English crown. Also starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall and Once Upon A Time), John Mendlesohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Animal Kingdom) and relative newcomer to the big screen Eve Hewson, who is none other than the daughter of U2’s Bono. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception and Titanic), this blockbuster is much more than just its star-studded lineup.
This project has been development and a high priority for Lionsgate studios since 2015. They were so keen for Taron Egeton to play the title character that they actually delayed filming for over a year to accommodate the star’s Kingsman schedule and as such filming didn’t begin until late 2016. With such dedication to not only the correct casting of the role but willingness to delay filming for so long, and as they say time is money, the studio must have some real confidence in the entertainment value and audience draw this film will have.
While this movie appears to carry with it all the extraordinarily choreographed fight scenes and gritty war craft an action thriller such as this deserves there has already been some unflattering similarities drawn between this remake of a classic and another in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Another film with an exciting celebrity cast that included Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), Eric Bana (Hulk, Troy and Star Trek) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) which was unfortunately a box office flop which reported made a loss of approximately $150 million. With this in mind however, there still seems to be enough foresight by the studios to ensure the mistakes of King Arthur are not repeated with Robin Hood which definitely appears to be making these statements about the failure of both films very premature especially when one of them hasn’t even been released yet so we continue to be optimistic.
With the franchises holding supremacy in the cinematic universe at this current point at time, it has been difficult to get truly excited about an upcoming release that has not got Star Wars, Marvel or DC affiliation but this promises that and much more. With some of Hollywood’s freshest and most sought after faces leading the charge, it is sure to hold its own in the battle of the box office. This highly anticipated release date is currently set for November 28, 2018 just in time for the holidays so be sure to escape to the cinemas this year and see this movie.