Scott's Nottingham plot revealed
Finally we get to hear some news to clear up the confusion around Nottingham, Ridley Scott's new version of the classic Robin Hood tale which is set to star Russell Crowe.
The confusion had been that Crowe was going to play both the Sheriff of Nottingham role and the Robin Hood role, and we were all scratching our heads wondering how. Well the producer, Brian Grazer, has told us.
Brian Grazer has revealed that Russell Crowe will indeed play both roles, but it's not what you think, we aren't going to be seeing him standing either side of the screen talking to himself in that horrible faked “we're really on the same screen at the same time” moment.
No, it seems that there's something a lot more subtle for the story, although it's still sounding far from the original stories.
Over at MTV Grazer talks about the reveal:
“The two role confusion is that what Robin Hood does is he sees Nottingham in battle very early in the movie and Nottingham dies. And Robin Hood takes over the identity of Nottingham. Thats how it plays out.”
Okay, that could work rather well, perhaps his men continuing the pretence that Robin Hood is running around doing his robbing from the rich and giving to the poor while all the time he's inside the court pretending to be the Sheriff and, presumably, heading off the orders and trying to turn things around.
Or there could be an even more bizarre twist, perhaps he's deliberately doing wrong to turn the people against the Sheriff? Oh I don't know, I think it's really going to be the first scenario. What do you think they'll try and do?
Grazer goes on to say that this is an origin story for the characters, perhaps not so for the Sheriff of Nottingham because Grazer has just told us he's dead.
What do you think of all this? Is it a bit too much messing with the much loved character and stories?