Murk surrouding Ridley Scott's Nottingham cleared up

December 9, 2008  |  2:45pm
Ridley Scott’s Nottingham just got a lot more sensible—and a lot less cool.

Unsurprisingly, the rumors Scott started that Russell Crowe would play both the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood aren't true, at least not precisely. In what could be a major spoiler for the forthcoming film (as in, don’t read if you don’t want to know), producer Brian Grazer told MTV that Crowe would actually play only Robin Hood—but in this version, Robin triumphs over the Sheriff of Nottingham, kills him, and then assumes his identity.

It isn’t clear how exactly that will play out, but it puts to rest the wild possibility Scott suggested, which would have seen Crowe in his trickiest role in years. Alas, it seems as if we'll have a more traditional story, but with a pedigree like this, it’s hard to complain too much. The film is set to bow Nov. 6 of next year.

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