Cate Blanchett is Officially Maid Marian in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

It used to be called “Nottingham”, and was supposed to be a wacky redo of the Robin Hood legend complete with identity Tomfoolery and what have you, but apparently all that was too wacky and the film is now simply called “Robin Hood” and will pretty straightforward. Plus, Cate Blanchett, recently sought after as the new Maid Marian opposite Rusell Crowe’s Hood, has officially signed on.

Variety says about the plot:

Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an original story that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin’s abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman.

The film is being described as a “Gladiator” version of the Robin hood legend, though I don’t see how that’s possible given the PG-13 rating the filmmakers are aiming for. Whatever the case, Ridley Scott and Crowe have $130 million dollars to work with, so we should be expecting a very lavish production to hit screens in 2010.

My hope is that they won’t turn Cate Blanchett into some anachronistic warrior woman who runs around shooting arrows at people and proclaiming her grrl power as is the wont nowadays with PC filmmaking. Fingers crossed.

Below: From the BBC Robin Hood TV show, it’s Robin Hood and his Grumpy Men. Geez, get laid once in a while, guys.