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Redgrave joins Nottingham

03.25.2009

Vanessa Redgrave has joined the cast of Ridley Scott's NOTTINGHAM. Yes, we're back to that title, apparently. Also, we have something of a synopsis, after those months of speculation. Check out the lengthy outline BELOW:

Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richardís army against the French. Upon Richardís death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

Let's hope Ridley Scott can return to form with this thing. He's got a strong cast with Crowe, Strong, Blanchett, and a dynamite writer in Brian Helgeland. Although, this movie has a lot of work to do to win me over yet. Let's not forget Sienna Miller was apparently dumped from the cast because she was too young and hot. And I know that there are other people in the world but that is just such a slap in the face that I can't help but take that personally.
Extra Tidbit: Vanessa Redgrave of course, is the grieving mother of Natasha Richardson.
Source: RoS

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