‘Robin Hood: Origins’ Has Taron Egerton, Nicholas Hoult and More on Shortlist for Lead Role
There are approximately 134 Robin Hood movies in development at various studios (okay, it’s actually more like four or five), but Lionsgate is rushing to get their version to the big screen first. The studio recently hired Peaky Blinders director Otto Hathurst (whose name sounds like a character from Peaky Blinders) to helm Robin Hood: Origins, and now they’ve come up with a shortlist of potential leading men to play the rebooted version of the Prince of Thieves.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate is eyeing Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout star Taron Egerton, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, and Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor. The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien is also reportedly being considered.
Egerton may be a bit too busy to play Robin Hood — Matthew Vaughn is currently writing the script for a Kingsman sequel, and if that moves forward, Egerton will be tied down for a bit. The other options all appear to have less crowded schedules, as Huston recently left The Crow reboot (just as well, since it’s pretty much dead), Hoult is filming X-Men: Apocalypse, and O’Brien has one more Maze Runner movie to complete.
Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Hathurst from a script by Joby Harold, who also wrote the screenplay for Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The film is said to be a “gritty” reboot in the vein of The Dark Knight, and is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Meanwhile, Disney is developing their own Robin Hood movie titled Nottingham and Hood, which they’re hoping to expand into a franchise similar to Pirates of the Caribbean. Sony has the simply-titled Hood, which they’d like to develop into a Robin Hood Cinematic Universe comparable to the Fast and the Furious franchise. And over at Warner Bros. we have the classically-titled Robin Hood.
Each of these films sounds more silly than the last, but with this many Robin Hood movies in development, this might be the biggest, most ridiculous franchise competition between studios since…well, ever.