Cate Blanchett to join Russell Crowe in Robin Hood
Through its unusually public development process, Ridley Scott’s take on Robin Hood has evolved from an ostensible character experiment for Russell Crowe to, Variety now reports, a reworked version of Gladiator, the movie that first brought Scott and Crowe together nearly a decade ago.
The project, now budgeted at $130 million and set to shoot in April,
will also get an upgrade in the female lead, with former star Sienna
Miller replaced by Cate Blanchett amid some nasty insider rumors
about the earlier match-up. Originally titled Nottingham, the newly
history-focused movie will be renamed before release.
This probably also means the movie won’t make its expected Nov. 6 launch date, and news that Universal and Imagine Entertainment have contracted a commerce-friendly PG-13 rating could mean that a prime summer 2010 release is in store.
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