Sunday, 24 January 2016

Jamie Foxx set to play Little John in Robin Hood: Origins

Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) certainly isn't someone you would expect to slip into Lincoln green and run around a forest. But news arrives via Deadline that his set to play Little John for Otto Bathurst's (Peaky Blinders) Robin Hood: Origins.

Don't go expecting him to fill the role of cranky mentor to Taron Egerton's (Kingsman: The Secret Service) Robin, right away though – he is apparently a battled hardened and war weary veteran of the Crusades, where he fought on the opposite side to Hood, and enters the story distrustful of our hero. He will eventually find his way to working alongside the young man however, in a story that is being described as the Robin Hood version of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Robin returns from the Crusades to discover Sherwood Forest and its surrounding area is teeming with crime and corruption. So he forms a band of outlaws to start shifting the balance for the forces of good.

Peaky Blinders regular director Otto Bathurst is the man charged with injecting the grit into this one, working from a script by Joby Harold (Awake), who hatched the Knights Of The Roundtable series of films that Guy Ritchie (Sherlock: A Game Of Shadows) is looking to kick off next year with Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. Eve Hewson (Enough Said) has the role of Maid Marian for the Hood movie, which is scheduled to roll its cameras once Egerton has finished his stint on the Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) sequel and is available to work again.

Foxx, last seen in Annie (2014), will appear in action thriller Sleepless Night and is part of the cast for Edgar Wright's (The World's End) latest, Baby Driver.

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