Currently on our screens as the scowling Orson Krennic in Gareth Edwards' (Godzilla) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Ben Mendelsohn clearly has the taste for big screen villainy, with news arriving via Variety that he is currently finalising a deal to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Origins.
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is set to play Robin in the new movie, leading a cast that so far includes Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Little John, Eve Hewson (Enough Said) as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan (50 Shades Of Grey) as Will Scarlett.
With Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) in the director's chair and a script by Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) producer Joby Harold, the new movie is being touted as a dark and gritty take on the much adapted legend, though it will include familiar elements such as the main man as a Crusades veteran who takes up arms against corrupt English lords. And the Sheriff is the man he has to defeat. "There's no singing and riding through the glen in this; it's a real war movie," Egerton told Collider recently. "Quite an anti-establishment war movie, I would say... It's dark. And Robin's not perfect in it, either, which is what I like about it. He's not a classic hero, he makes mistakes."
Mendelsohn certainly faces a challenge in defining a Sheriff after Alan Rickman set the screen on fire back in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991). Origins will arrive on our screens in 2018. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, meanwhile, is out in cinemas now and you can read our review right here.