Robin Hood villain and plot revealed
The news on Robin Hood has been a bit all over the place of late, but Mark Strong was speaking at the Empire awards and revealed who he is actually playing, and it's not Guy of Gisborne the right hand man to the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Also revealed is the official blurb for the film from Universal, something I don't think I've seen to date, and it gives a different feel to the origin of Robin Hood than the one we've seen before.
"A year ago I was playing the Guy of Gisborne character but the story isn't the Robin Hood story. Although all the characters are all involved, it's a different narrative...I play King John's right-hand man who is a bit of a bastard - there's lot of horse riding, lots of threatening people with enormous swords."
Sounds interesting, so he's not playing the traditional villain, which makes me wonder if we are going to see that age old battle of Hood versus the Sheriff at all. His comments from Empire are accompanied by the official blurb from Universal which steers us in a different direction to.
"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."
Perhaps this could be the rise of the Sheriff, but this does seem to be a different villain with a different story to the Robin Hood that we've seen in film and television since.
What I'm interested in is this does make you think it could be more than just one film, I mean an uprising against the crown which will change the balance of power doesn't sound like just one film does it? Then again, Ridley Scott isn't exactly known for sequels or trilogies is he?