Ridley Scott’s Nottingham is Now Robin Hood

Was I the only person looking forward to watching Russell Crowe play both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham in a revisionist take on the oft-told legend? Apparently so. According to Ridley Scott himself, that idea of having Crowe play both characters was abandoned “months ago”, and besides, “Nottingham” is now just going to be called “Robin Hood” and, alas, be less “tricky” in its narrative. Bummer.

Plus, not only will the Sheriff of Nottingham take a less active (and indeed, important) role in the newly christian movie, but the real villains will be — drum roll, please! — The French!

Scott tells MTV this:

“It is from France. It is the French,” he insisted. “The villain is much bigger in that sense; much more important, and much more dangerous.”

“[In] 1066 Harold II went against William the Conqueror. Harold took an arrow in his eye, and William the Conqueror took over England, and so France owned everything right through,” Scott explained of the turmoil of that age. “Even to the extent of changing the architecture of the churches from Anglo-Saxon to Roman, that’s French; they changed the arches in the churches.”

Oh, those darn Frenchies and their arrows to the eyes.

Also according to Scott, “Robin Hood” will “start in almost 2 months” and Russell Crowe is getting fit for the role, which includes working out on his bow and arrow skills. Alas, MTV never got around to asking him the whole Maid Marion question. Is it Sienna Miller or Cate Blanchett? Or neither?

Below: Honest, this is all part of his Robin Hood training.